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Crosbie vows to stay on and see job completed

BUSINESSMAN Harry Crosbie (pictured), who chaired the government-appointed committee that drew up the failed children's hospital design for the Mater campus, said he does not intend to step down from his role.

Mr Crosbie is chairman of the state board that was tasked with overseeing plans to build the children's hospital at the Mater before the application was turned down by An Bord Pleanala.

Mr Crosbie, who took over as chair of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board after two others quit, said yesterday he intended to work to get the hospital built.

"This is my life's work. We will have to battle through planning again. We hope the planning bodies will remember they are dealing with sick children and give us every opportunity not to get bogged down," he said.

Asked why it took so long to submit planning permission for the hospital at the Mater site, he said it was a complex job.

The state board was set up in 2007 and spent €39m, including €6m in VAT without a sod being turned.

Mr Crosbie said: "The minister said there is no perfect site. It won't take as long again. We can save half the design we have done (on the Mater site) and we will move forward much more quickly."

Irish Independent