FF four against private hospital at CUH

FOUR Fianna Fáil representatives have lodged objections against plans to build a private hospital on the campus of Cork University Hospital (CUH) under the Government’s controversial co-location policy.

Green Party Senator Dan Boyle and Councillor Chris O’Leary have also objected to the Beacon medical group’s proposal to build a 185-bedroom hospital on the CUH campus.

Cork City Council has received 144 submissions on Beacon’s planning application — all except one have explicitly opposed the plan.

The list of objectors includes two Fianna Fáil TDs, Enterprise Minister Micheal Martin and Michael

McGrath, who said they were objecting because the local infrastructure would not be able to cope. Minister Martin has already said he is not opposed to the Government’s co-location plans.

Fianna Fáil councillors Fergal Dennehy and Mary Shields also objected. Cllr Shields said the CUH campus has seen 13 unrelated applications pass through the council in three years without any objections, but residents could not tolerate such a significant imposition on local infrastructure.

Senator Boyle, in a joint letter with Cllr O’Leary, said they believed the campus of Cork University Hospital “already has been overdeveloped”.

The majority of objections — 98% — are related to traffic congestion, lighting, waste management and subsidence. Only three letters made reference to co-location.

These included Labour Party TD Ciarán Lynch and Jerry Duggan from Wilton Gardens whose letter said he felt Government policy was wrong.

Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune and Simon Coveney are the only deputies for Cork South Central to formally oppose the project.

Their party colleague Senator Jerry Buttimer objected because there was no mention of the private hospital in CUH’s development plan.

In an individual letter, Emma Vahey of Hillfield, Laburnum Park said her home had already required 90,000 of work because of subsidence and she fears the new building work would further undermine the foundations.

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