Sunday 9 December 2018

Don't bet on hospital being built by 2016

The interpretation of the "cherishing all the children of the nation equally" guarantee in the 1916 Proclamation has been debated in recent times.

What better way for a government to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising than to "cherish all the children" by opening a brand new, world-class medical facility to treat them in 2016.

Provided it lasts its full term, the Government's time in office will end in the spring of 2016.

Searching for a legacy project to mark the 100 years since the Proclamation of Independence, no doubt it will have crossed the mind of the Taoiseach and Tanaiste that the new National Children's Hospital would serve such a purpose.

The children's hospital will be the largest infrastructure project undertaken by this Government.

A decision on the children's hospital is apparently imminent.

Once it is taken, the planning process will kick in, possibly subject to an appeal, with construction on such a vast scale presumably taking a couple of years.

That being the case, the chances of having a children's hospital in place in St James's by 2016 seems to be pretty slim.

But what's another year after so long waiting, provided the decision is right.

Irish Independent

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