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Government must stand by commitment to redevelop Temple Street Hospital

1 June, 2006


Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has called on the government to stand by its commitment to redevelop Temple Street Hospital as part of the €500-million Mater Hospital redevelopment plan.

 

The board of the Health Service Executive is due to meet today to decide on the location of a new ‘national’children’s hospital.  Their recommendation will then go to the Cabinet for decision.

 

Ms. McDonald said:

 

“The Taoiseach announced as far back as last October that a new hospital to replace Temple Street would go ahead as part of the €500-million Mater Hospital redevelopment plan.  The Mater was agreed to be the best site since it had access to a nearby maternity hospital (the Rotunda) and a teaching hospital (Beaumont).  The project has full planning permission and over €40 million has already been spent by the government.

 

“There was widespread concern across the northside of Dublin when the Health Minister intervened to block construction, which was scheduled to begin in February this year.

 

“Temple Street Hospital has served the northside well with 50,000 people a year attending the casualty department, which includes the largest paediatric casualty department in the state.   I am calling on the government to stand by its commitment to redevelop Temple Street Hospital on the Mater site.”ENDS

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