Tanaiste's office in meeting with Tallaght group on hospital
THE office of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore met the group behind Tallaght's bid for the national children's hospital last Friday in a further sign that he is seeking his own advice on where to build it.
The meeting took place at the Tanaiste's office, although it is understood that Mr Gilmore himself wasn't present. Instead, his staff met the manager of South Dublin County Council and senior medics at Tallaght hospital.
It has emerged the Tanaiste has also met with or taken soundings from the two front-runners: St James Hospital near the city centre and James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.
While Health Minister James Reilly is believed to prefer St James's Hospital, sources said yesterday the contest was still a two-horse race.
Mr Gilmore met Dr Reilly and the Taoiseach last Thursday to discuss the options for the proposed hospital, after reports emerged that the Tanaiste was doing his own research.
The three will meet again, possibly next week and their agreed site is expected to be presented to the Cabinet on November 6.