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Richmond to be nurses' training site

THE Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has purchased the iconic former Richmond Hospital site in Dublin for almost €3m.

The impressive redbrick building, which is adjacent to the INMO headquarters in the former Whitworth Building, was purchased by the union in an off-market deal with auctioneers Allsop Space.


It had been in use for sittings of the Dublin District Court until the opening of the Criminal Courts of Justice two years ago.

The INMO plans to turn the former hospital into an education and event centre.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) had previously upgraded and modernised the building to accommodate court sittings. A heating system, new electrics, lifts, CCTV and cabling for high-speed computer networking were among the facilities installed. There were also five large courtrooms created, one of which the union is planning to turn into a restaurant.

"The pervious owner of the building wanted it to be in keeping with its usage in the past," INMO deputy general secretary Dave Hughes, told the Herald.

"It's a gem of a building, a really fabulous building and our head office is right behind it," he added.

Mr Hughes said that one of the functions of the buildings would be to provide educational and professional training facilities for nurses.