Tuesday 24 April 2018

Maeve Sheehan: Minister had plenty of options before backing Mater site

Committee goes back to the drawing board after shock decision puts e650m project on hold, writes Maeve Sheehan

THE board responsible for developing the national children's hospital is to meet on Tuesday to consider the shock decision by An Bord Pleanala to reject the controversial Mater Hospital site.

The decision to turn down planning permission for the €650m facility took the development board completely by surprise and caused the steering group to cancel a planned study visit to Manchester children's hospital last week.

Health Minister James Reilly will ask an expert committee to review the options but he suggested last week that a scaled down version of the project could go ahead on the Mater site.

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