Saturday 17 February 2018

Downturn put paid to clinic plan

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

HEALTH Minister James Reilly was part of a consortium of three GPs that purchased a 1.3-acre site where they planned to build a multi- million-euro health centre.

Located in the busy Airside development in Swords, the land was an ideal location for a new clinic.

However, the property crisis ultimately ended any hopes of the consortium going ahead with the plans and the land has been on the market again for more than a year with a reported guide price of €750,000.

Along with fellow doctors Stan Nantin from Malahide and Donaghmede-based David Reilly, the three are believed to have paid as much as €5m for the land in June 2007.

This was just weeks after Dr Reilly was first elected to the Dail as a Fine Gael TD.

A loan from Ulster Bank was registered on land papers relating to the site. The same month, the investors received confirmation from the HSE that it had accepted their application to a public tender for primary care centre.

Also in 2007, PM Group architects were hired to plan the four-storey medical centre.

Dr Reilly and his partners filed an application to Fingal County Council in 2008 for a clinic that would house six state-of-the-art GP practices.

After amendments submitted in 2010, the plans got the go-ahead later that year.

The HSE selected the planned centre as its "preferred provider" for a clinic at Airside but the agreement fell through after one of the parties to the deal withdrew.

PM Group began its legal action over allegedly unpaid professional fees in September last year. At the time, a spokesman for Dr Reilly said he would fight the claim and said that PM Group had already been paid €300,000.

The case returned to the High Court yesterday.

Meanwhile, the landowners are trying to sell the site, marketed as a "Ready-to-go Medical Development Opportunity" by auctioneers GVA Donal O'Buachalla.

Irish Independent

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