•The decision by the Government to go ahead with the construction of the National Children's Hospital at the Mater site is beyond comprehension.
It is ironic that the same announcement by Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin included the news that the National Radiation Oncology Centre is to go ahead. A study, carried out for former health minister Mary Harney in 2005, 'Optimum Locations for the Development of Radiation Oncology Services in the Eastern Region of Ireland, North and South' identified Beaumont as the best site for the Radiation Oncology Centre and the Mater site as by far the worst of the five hospital sites studied in relation to space, site constraints, parking and access.
How can a site that was determined (in a comprehensive study) to be too small and inaccessible for the Radiation Oncology Centre, possibly be big enough to accommodate the National Children's Hospital, let alone, as is now planned, a maternity hospital, too?
Furthermore, it was admitted at an oral hearing before An Bord Pleanala last week that the proposed National Children's Hospital will already be too small by 2030 -- 14 years, at most, after completion.
What kind of insanity is this on the part of the Government?