140 jobs are created and much-needed beds provided as nursing home opens
A new nursing home to provide much-needed beds for older people in north Dublin is set to create 140 jobs.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar, who was busy canvassing in his constituency, dropped in to open Ardmore Lodge on the Finglas Road in Tolka Valley.
He said it would be a welcome boost to meeting the health and social needs of the local population in north-west Dublin.
A shortage of suitable nursing home beds has been blamed for contributing to some of the overcrowding in hospitals such as Beaumont.
This has meant some patients ready to be discharged are occupying hospital beds.
It has led to longer trolley waits for some patients.
The home will accommodate 89 residents, with another 40 to be cared for in the future with a planned extension set to begin this year.
John Martin, Ardmore Care's managing director, said: "These 140 jobs are part of our investment in a new state-of-the art nursing home that is badly needed in a part of Dublin that features a rapidly ageing local community."
The new nursing home was previously a hotel.
The Ardmore Care group said it planned to develop in excess of 500 high-quality nursing home beds to meet the needs of the population.