Building work to start on new children's hospital
Construction work on the first phase of the new national children's hospital in the campus of St James's Hospital in Dublin will start in a matter of weeks, the development board said yesterday.
An enabling contractor will be appointed next month to begin the work of erecting site hoarding around the entire perimeter of the site, demolishing existing buildings and diverting some services.
The planned move comes as the Connolly for Kids campaign, including doctors, parents and other groups, handed in a petition with over 60,000 signatures to Government Buildings yesterday asking for a public hearing on the proposed site before the new Oireachtas health committee.
Dr Roisin Healy, a retired Crumlin Hospital consultant, said they are calling on Health Minister Simon Harris to look again at locating the new hospital at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown instead.
They want the St James's development to be put on hold to allow for a planning application to be made for a nearby maternity hospital.
An Bord Pleanála recently gave permission to build the children's hospital at St James's. The plan is to have it finally open to young patients from 2020.