Thursday 14 December 2017

Gilmore is right to keep watchful eye

The new National Children's Hospital was originally due to begin construction on the Mater site in Dublin in 2010 and to admit its first patients in 2016. But a series of delays, chiefly due to controversy over the site, culminated early this year with the decision of An Bord Pleanala to refuse permission to build the new facility in the location originally chosen.

The Government responded to this decision with what, by the usual standards of Irish politics and bureaucracy, must count as commendable speed. In March it set up a group chaired by Dr Frank Dolphin to consider the merits of various locations. The group received more than 30 offers of sites. It reported back in June.

So far, so good. But as Halloween approaches, the Government still has not chosen a site. The issue has not yet reached the Cabinet.

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