Saturday 23 June 2018

Hospital decision must be right one

Six years after the original decision to locate the facility on the site of the Mater Hospital in Dublin's north city centre the Government still seems to be at sixes and sevens on this project.

The only good thing about yesterday's announcement is that the expert group has been given a tight schedule, just eight weeks, to complete its work. The danger is that this government, which like its predecessor seems to be inseparably wedded to the Mater site, will use the expert group to promote a revised version of the plans rejected last month.

This would be a mistake. While one might quibble about the reasons for its decision, there is little doubt but that Bord Pleanala's concerns about the Mater site were well-founded. Having got it so wrong for the past six years, the Government owes it to our sick children to get it right this time.

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