Children's hospital opening date delayed
The opening of the new national children's hospital has been delayed again and it will now not be ready until late 2022.
The hospital - which will amalgamate the three existing hospitals - was due to open in 2021.
It is currently under construction at St James's Hospital in Dublin.
The announcement was made in a statement issued by Minister for Health Simon Harris in relation to the Government's approval for the publication of the Children's Health Bill 2018.
The bill provides for the establishment of a single statutory entity, Children's Health Ireland, to provide paediatric services and take over the services currently provided by the existing three children's hospitals, in the capital - Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children's University Hospital, and the National Children's Hospital at Tallaght University Hospital.
The new entity will initially oversee the integration of the staff and services of the three hospitals in Dublin which it will run as a single service, initially on the existing hospital sites and in due course in the new hospital and centres being developed.
"The main hospital on a campus shared with St James's Hospital will be completed by late 2022, and the Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centres will open in 2019 at Connolly, and 2020 at Tallaght," the statement said.