Thursday 22 March 2018

Legal bid over children's hospital site

An image of the planned new children's hospital at St James's
An image of the planned new children's hospital at St James's Newsdesk

A group of parents, doctors and children who object to St James's Hospital as the site of the new National Children's Hospital is seeking legal advice about appealing the planning permission for the project.

Dr Roisin Healy, a retired Crumlin emergency consultant of the Connolly for Kids group, admitted they could not afford a High Court judicial review and would need a philanthropist to underwrite the legal costs.

The group want the hospital built at Connolly Hospital in Dublin, instead of the St James's site.

She said they had gathered a petition of 46,782 people urging it be built on at a 145-acre site near the M50.

Dr Healy said 15 consultants working in Crumlin and Temple Street have warned the new children's hospital should be physically linked to a maternity hospital.

They have eight weeks to lodge a judicial review of the planning permission.

An Bord Pleanala granted permission to the St James's site last week after years of debate.

Irish Independent

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