A massive injustice to the children of Ireland
• The setback on the development of the Mater Hospital site should not come as a surprise to anybody. Millions of euro have been spent on design fees since the early 1980s with respect to developing the current vacant site on Eccles Street.
My own involvement started back in 2001, when I led a team of engineers on developing the design for the relocation of the children's hospital to this site. I and many other consultants worked on this project for over six years and it was only after we had produced construction documents ready for tender that we were told the project was on hold pending an investigation as to the feasibility of a national children's hospital on the site.
Even if you ignore the design work carried out in the 1980s, designers have been working on creating a hospital on this site for over 20 years and yet not a single children's bed has been put into service.