FF TDs to propose motion to party opposing site for National Children's Hospital

Two Fianna Fáil deputies are today putting a motion to the party, opposing plans to build the new National Children's Hospital at St James in Dublin.

FF TDs to propose motion to party opposing site for National Children's Hospital

Two Fianna Fáil deputies are today putting a motion to the party, opposing plans to build the new National Children's Hospital at St James in Dublin.

The move by James Lawless and Jack Chambers follows a briefing for TDs and Senators last week, which challenged claims that the inner city hospital is the best site for the new facility.

Jonathan Irwin, the Founder of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation says it is about time for the Government to wake up and listen; instead of "sleep-walking into a catastrophe".

Mr Irwin said: "This has always been a disaster, it's never been about children, it's always benn about adult balances - it's academic, medical, political, never about children.

"And now of course as we've seen Tony O'Brien said at a billion and two this is getting out of hand, it's ridiculous, and I think the tide is changing."

Mr Irwin said a briefing for TDs and Senators last week has begun to change peoples' minds about where the new hospital should go.

He said: "The reality of the situation is the fat lady hasn't sung. Last week, thanks to Mattie McGrath the independent from Tipperary, we had the chance to make a presentation in Leinster House - the Connolly Hospital for Sick Children and myself.

"And my God I couldn't believe it, nearly 60 TDs and senators were there and nobody spoke in favour of St James'."

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