The Mayor of Ballyshannon, Cllr. John Meehan has welcomed news that work on a new €5m health care centre in the town is expected to start this year.
The Donegal Democrat revealed on Monday that, according to a source, the HSE hopes to “have people on the site by October/November - there’ll be bricks there by then”.
Cllr. Meehan said he’s delighted that “€5m is to be invested in converting the former Mercy Convent (St Catherine’s) into a primary health care centre.
“It’s been long debated and the building has become quite dilapidated since the nuns left it.”
He noted that the HSE “has always been a big employer, maybe the biggest now, in the town.
The new “one stop shop” primary health care centre is “the way to go” in health care provision, he added.
“People can access services through one door. They may also be able to get services here instead of travelling to Sligo, which is very important.
“I look forward to the project getting through planning, going to the tender stage, and getting the centre up and running.”