Monday 23 April 2018

Pros and cons of city location for ambitious project

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

FOR

• The hospital would be in the city centre, which has good transport links.

• It's beside the adult Mater Hospital, which would provide specialist services.

• It was backed by a HSE task force and an international expert group.

• The site has been the subject of analysis by five other consultants' reports.

• €35m has already been spent on the project.

• It has the backing of the government and Health Minister James Reilly.

AGAINST

• Bus services can be unreliable, and Metro North -- which would carry large numbers of staff and patients -- is on hold.

• The site is small at just two hectares, and doesn't allow for future expansion.

• The building is too big, and has a negative impact on the city's skyline.

• Opponents include retired doctors who say it should be built on a bigger site, ideally near the M50.

• Planning permission has been refused, and the Mater Adult hospital needs a helipad for emergency cases, which would serve both hospitals and quickly transport patients from outside Dublin.

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