Bundoran councillor’s outrage at Children’s Hospital impasse

Bundoran Town Councillor Florence Doherty has expressed her outrage at the current situation regarding the proposed new National Children’s Hospital.

Bundoran Town Councillor Florence Doherty has expressed her outrage at the current situation regarding the proposed new National Children’s Hospital.

An Bord Pleanála’s refused planning permission for the proposed development at the site of the Mater Hospital in Dublin this week.

Cllr. Doherty told the Donegal Democrat: “I can’t believe there isn’t a national outcry about the squandering of tens of millions of euro on plans that basically have amounted to nothing.

“We’re all being asked to tighten our belts with all the cuts. We’re being asked to pay extra charges on top of that. But when you see something like €80m wasted over three years, it’s very hard to take. I resent it. I’m lived about it and I’m outraged.

“Where has all the money gone? Three years and €80m euro later and we are nowhere nearer to having a new children’ hospital. We don’t even have an alternative plan. If it wasn’t a runner, why wasn’t it stopped earlier? Surely, the various government departments and agencies should have linked up with each other to prevent something like this from happening.”

According to a report in Irish Times this week, the project could be “back on track” within three months, even if the development stays at the Mater site.

Minister for Health James Reilly told a Cabinet meeting that this could be done by cutting back on some of the “grandiose” and “oversized” elements of the proposed €650m development. He said there was a distinct possibility that permission would be granted for a scaled down development at the site.