Wednesday 17 January 2018

Eilish O’Regan: Hospital rejection leaves sick children in limbo

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

POLITICS, planning and the lives of sick children: the potent mix of issues which fuelled the debate over the new national children's hospital was always going to be volatile.

But nobody could have predicted that the much-needed project to improve the health of the nation's children would be so prolonged -- or end up in such a sorry mess yesterday after An Bord Pleanala rejected the plans to build it on the Mater site.

The plan in 2005 was to close the three existing children's hospitals housed in outdated facilities in Dublin and bring them all under one roof in a state-of-the-art building which would open its doors in 2012.

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