Consortium seeks permission for 100-bed private hospital

THE founder of the Blackrock Clinic is behind a consortium planning to build a multi-million euro private hospital in Cork.

The Sheehan Medical Corporation (SMC) yesterday lodged a planning application with Cork County Council for the project which has been earmarked for Bishopstown.

SMC is led by Joseph Sheehan, one of the founders of the Blackrock Clinic and Galway Clinic, and his son, James, currently director of the Blackrock Clinic.

A spokesman for SMC said yesterday that the Cork hospital, proposed for a site near the Bishopscourt Dunnes Stores, will be very similar to the Blackrock Clinic.

He added that SMC was also planning to build a number of other private hospitals around Europe.

The proposed building is six storeys high and will feature three 30-bed wards, 36 consulting suites, and four in-patient operating theatres. In addition, it will have an oncology unit, laboratories, an urgent care facility and a nine-bed intensive care ward, along with a 450-space car park.

Meanwhile, Lane Holdings Ltd lodged the largest planning application for houses this week with Cork County Council. The company is proposing to construct a mix of 128 houses, créche, neighbourhood play area and tennis courts in the village of Mogeely.

Frinailla Ltd is, meanwhile, hoping to get the green-light for 20 houses and 57 apartments at Castletreasure, Douglas, while developer Liam Harnedy wants to build a mix of 27 homes at Reenrour West, Bantry.

On the healthcare front, the Health Services Executive (Southern region) is looking to proceed with a 24-bed extension to Dunmanway Community Hospital and Cluid Housing Association wants to construct a 14-bed residential unit in the grounds of St Patrick’s Community Hospital, Fermoy.

The board of management at CBS Charleville is seeking to demolish existing prefabs and construct additional classrooms, a office and staff room.

Developers Kevin and Mary Day have got approval for 51 houses at Ardnabourkey, Whitegate.

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