Thursday 22 February 2018

'Special provision' for parking at proposed children's hospital

An artist’s impression of a room in the new National Children’s Hospital
An artist’s impression of a room in the new National Children’s Hospital

Louise Roseingrave

The proposed national children's hospital will have ­'special ­provision' for additional car ­parking spaces beyond the 1,000 already provided in their ­planning ­application.

A civil engineer for the project, Donal McDaid, gave the information during the Bord Pleanála oral hearing into the proposed hospital on the site of St James's Hospital.

He answered claims from parents' representative Christine Priestley.

Ms Priestley, who sits on the National Development Committee for Paediatric Palliative Care, told the hearing she was making a submission as the mother of four children whose youngest child had passed away.

She questioned where in the design plan was the provision for extra car parking spaces required for the 100-year future of the hospital, given that 90pc of emergency department cases arrive by car. Mr McDaid replied there was "special provision" in the plan for additional spaces.

Separately, Desmond Cox, a resident of nearby Dufferin Avenue off the South Circular Road, questioned how the government came to its decision in choosing the St James's Hospital site and claimed there was a lack of transparency in the decision-making process, particularly with regard to environmental issues such as access and traffic.

The An Bord Pleanála oral hearing for the hospital is now in its third week and is expected to hear closing statements before concluding today or tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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