Saturday 23 September 2017

Leave nothing to chance

IT may be standard practice as a means of raising finance in many countries, but planning to build a world-class children's hospital on the basis that one-sixth of the cost is paid for by charitable donations leaves too many questions unanswered.

As such it threatens to overshadow the project which, regardless of arguments about location, is a major advance and should provide an excellent environment for treatment.

The basic question is simple: why leave anything to chance on such a precious project? Why not factor in €110m from central funds? No one, even in these straitened times, would begrudge that amount to secure total funding for such an important development. It would anchor it in certainty and that is vital in these times.

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