Tuesday 16 January 2018

Eamon Gilmore: Location of children’s hospital not on today’s Cabinet agenda

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore said today the decision on the location of the children’s hospital will be made "in the best interests of the children of the country".

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

The children’s hospital is not on the agenda for today’s Cabinet meeting but Mr Gilmore said it will be considered shortly.

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

Speaking on his way into Government Buildings, the Tanaiste said the Government would not discuss the decision and the report by the Dolphin Group today.

“The Government is determined to go ahead and build a new children’s hospital. We asked Frank Dolphin and his group to look at the options as to where the children’s hospital would be located.

“That report will be considered by Government shortly and when the Government makes a decision on the matter, the decision will be made in the best interests of the children of the country,” he said.

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