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New hospital will create up to 3,500 jobs

UP to 3,500 jobs will be created once the new national children's hospital gets the green light, project organisers have announced.

Construction on the proposed new facility at St James's Hospital is expected to get under way next year once planning permission is secured, project director John Pollock said.

An estimated 1,000 jobs will be created during the construction phase and hospital officials are keen to hire local builders who are currently unemployed.

Another 2,500 jobs are also expected to come on stream once it's completed.

Construction of the hospital has experienced numerous setbacks due to the failure to secure planning permission for the original national children's hospital scheme located at the Mater Hospital in the north inner city.

However, the revised plan will see the three existing children's hospitals, including the Crumlin Children's Hospital, the Temple Street children's hospital, and the Tallaght children's hospital come together under one roof at St James's. It's anticipated that the new facility will open in 2018.

The team hopes that it will be able to fast-track the planning permission process when it submits its application this autumn.