Sinn Féin welcomes children’s hospital decision: Ó Snodaigh
Reacting to the announcement today that the site for the long-awaited new national children’s hospital is to be the St James’ Hospital campus at James’ Street in the South Inner City, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection welcomed the news.
“Today’s news is a good news day for one of the most disadvantaged communities in Europe and I hope the minister will ensure that there will be a social dividend to the local host community over and above the jobs the hospital will bring to the area.”
The site chosen has huge potential and the logic of its selection is to relocate the Coombe Maternity Hospital at the same time. The location will help secure, in the area, the many jobs in the Crumlin Hospital and will allow for the employment of many more in the construction phase and afterwards in one of Ireland’s most disadvantaged areas.
“I would hope that the minister ensures that there is a social dividend, in the form of a local labour clause and that the construction team and the hospital management will work with the nearby local regeneration projects to ensure they also benefit.
“The adjacent Fatima and partially derelict James’ Street should be borne in mind while building work is occurring on site, with many empty apartments and retail units available for ancillary services and for homes for nursing and other hospital staff.
Hopefully this will lead to the regeneration of local business in the vicinity and in the long term this will facilitate also the long awaited regeneration of the largest social housing complexes in Dublin, Dolphin House and St Teresa’s Gardens.
“I would call on the Minister to take this opportunity to clarify what future uses the existing children’s hospital buildings will be used for, in particular Crumlin Children’s Hospital which has very recent building works carried out including several operating theatres, wards and other facilities.”