Children’s hospital would be ‘world class’

A NEW national children’s hospital to be built on the site of the existing Mater Hospital in Dublin will provide “a world-class medical facility”, a public inquiry heard yesterday.

An Bord Pleanála has begun a hearing into the application by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) on behalf of the HSE for planning permission to construct the facility.

Michael O’Donnell, barrister for the NPHDB, acknowledged that people had objected to plans for the hospital on a wide variety of grounds, including claims that it is in the wrong location and would be difficult to access.

However, he said it was the NPHDB’s aim to respond to all concerns about the site of the facility, which will be known as the Children’s Hospital of Ireland.

He said the hospital was “a sophisticated and complex development” carefully designed to ensure it would be a world-class facility.

A total of 29 parties are expected to raise formal objections over the course of the hearing.

They include the New Children’s Hospital Alliance and Tallaght Hospital Action Group, which claim the site is unsuitable for such a major hospital.

Dr Roisín Healy of the New Children’s Hospital Alliance said that the proposed hospital was too constricted and traffic in the area would also create major access problems.

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