New children's hospital goes to planning board after 'tortuous' past
A planning application to build the new children's hospital will finally be submitted to An Bord Pleanála today.
The project includes a hospital, parent accommodation, academic and research buildings on the grounds of St James's Hospital in Dublin, along with two out-patient and urgent care centres at Blanchardstown and Tallaght.
The city-centre location of the hospital is controversial and has led to objections from local residents and health campaigners, who argue that the site is too cramped.
Writing in today's Irish Independent, Health Minister Leo Varadkar admits the project has had a "tortuous history", but he hopes construction can begin next year.
On the location, he says parking spaces will be allocated to the families of every in-patient and St James's has more connections than any other hospital via bus, train and Luas.