Monday 11 December 2017

Dublin City Council backs hospital within city limits

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

DUBLIN City Council says the leading location bidding to be chosen for the children’s hospital can get planning permission.

St James Hospital is currently the favourite to the picked by the Government, provided it can overcome planning concerns.

Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown in County Dublin is also a frontrunner, largely because it has the land for development.

Within the city, the Mater Hospital and the Coombe are also on the shortlist.

Dublin City Council has backed the locations in the city

“The City Council wishes to put on the record that the Council is satisfied that the proposals within the city boundaries can all work from a planning and infrastructure perspective and in the process avail of the public transport / other facilities of a city centre location in a capital city,” it said in a statement.

However, Dublin City Council says nobody can be certain about any site’s suitability.

“The fact is that no one can be definitive on the planning aspect of any site at this stage because the final arbiter will be An Bord Pleanala. This applies to sites both within and outside the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council.”

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