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Health Minister creates new uncertainty around future of children’s hospital

7 July, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald has criticised the Health Minister for introducing new uncertainty on the very future of a new national children’s hospital.

The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader noted that the Government has committed to pay out 700,000 million euro of unguaranteed senior bondholder debt in Anglo Irish Bank in November, monies not covered under the bank guarantee.

Deputy McDonald said:

“The conclusion of the independent review was to end the years of uncertainty surrounding the future of a new national children’s hospital for the State.

“Whilst the Minister has instructed the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board to proceed with a planning permission application his refusal to commit to the project until after September’s Capital Spending Review has created fresh uncertainty about the very future of the hospital.

“Yet in November of this year the Government will pay out 700,000 million euro of unguaranteed senior bondholder debt in Anglo Irish Bank, monies not covered under the bank guarantee. These monies would more than cover the entire cost of building the new children’s hospital.

“Politics is all about choices. Month after month Fine Gael and Labour are making the very same bad choices as Fianna Fáil did in office, and shamefully in this instance it is our children who are paying the price.” ENDS

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