IT will be weeks before a decision is made on which site will be chosen as the location for the new national children's hospital, it emerged yesterday.
The 70-page report of a review group was submitted to Health Minister James Reilly yesterday but it did not recommend any one site.
Instead, it sets out the pros and cons of options and, after analysis, a recommendation will go to the Cabinet.
Frank Dolphin, chairman of the review group, said: "Our role was not to select a site; that is a matter for the minister and the Government."
Dr Reilly will have to choose between building the hospital near existing hospitals in Dublin city or going for a greenfield location, including sites that could be purchased from NAMA.
The main contenders are believed to be the sites near the Mater Hospital, St James's Hospital and Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown which all offer free lands.
Dr Reilly said he wanted to have the hospital built, if possible, within the lifetime of the Government.
However, even the most optimistic timescale would mean that it would be four months from the instruction to proceed on a particular site to the point where a planning application could be submitted.