No site yet purchased for €16 million new build at St Patrick’s Hospital Carrick-on-Shannon

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

No site yet purchased for €16 million new build at St Patrick’s Hospital Carrick-on-Shannon

The current St. Patrick's Community Hospital, Carrick-on-Shannon.

A site has still not been purchased for the proposed €16 million new build at St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon with construction not set to begin on the project until 2020.

Fianna Fáil's Roscommon Deputy Eugene Murphy recently tabled a parliamentary question with the Minister for Health seeking an update on the status of the planned €16 million new build at St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon when he queried what stage the proposed development was at, when the finalisation of financing would be achieved and the timeframe for completion of works.

“While I welcome that fact that the project is progressing it is unfortunately at a very slow pace. Commitments were given in relation to this new €16 million new build at St Patrick’s Hospital prior to the 2016 General Election but still two years on not a sod has been turned on the site- in actual fact the site still has not been purchased for the development as the reply to my Parliamentary Question reveals.

"The Minister indicated that the site has been identified and a submission will be made to the HSE National Property Steering Group in forthcoming weeks to seek approval to purchase the site. While it is welcome to hear that funding is provided in the Capital Plan to commence design following site purchase we are still looking at 2020 before construction even begins,” said Deputy Murphy.

The Fianna Fáil TD said that he would continue to keep this issue on the Minister for Health’s radar and he has urged Minister Harris to progress with the planned €16 million build in a timely manner.

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