Tuesday 20 March 2018

Landowners offer 50-acre site for children's hospital

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

ANOTHER possible site for the national children's hospital has been offered by a consortium of landowners in north Dublin.

The offer of the 50-acre site at Lissenhall, Swords, Co Dublin, has been made to the government-appointed review group looking at the future of the hospitals.

The Broadmeadow Healthcare Group said the site was situated within 600 acres of land earmarked for future development by Fingal Co Council, including a hospital.

The group said it would allow for the construction of a children's hospital, adult hospital and maternity hospital, along with future expansion.

Broadmeadow Healthcare offers consulting services to health facilities and is chaired by Brendan Fitzgerald, former managing director of Readymix.

The consortium claims it could build the five- to six-storey hospital by 2016 at a price lower than the €650m it would cost to construct it at the Mater hospital site in Dublin.

It also cited good motorway access and scope for 2,000 parking spaces. Residential facilities for parents would also be included.

The group will report back to the Health Minister James Reilly next month with a series of recommendations.

Irish Independent

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