Dr. James Reilly, Cllr Anne Devitt And The Airside Clinic


Fingal Councillor Anne Devitt (middle) is a member – alongside Health Minister James Reilly (top) – of the nursing home consortium named this week in Stubbs Gazette for defaulting on a €1.9 million debt.

The Irish Independent reports today that the Health Minister was part of another consortium, along with two other GPs, bidding to build a clinic at Airside Retail Park, Swords.

The report may have rang some bells for Cllr Devitt.

In January 1997, Fingal County Council voted for the rezoning of land in Swords, including Crowscastle – where the Airside Retail Park is located – despite more than 2000 objections from local residents.

From the Irish Times archive (behind paywall):

“An attempt by Labour Cllr [Sean] Ryan to have the rezoning decisions deferred pending further studies on sewage treatment, traffic management and a DART or light rail serving Swords, was ruled out of order by the Cathaoirleach Cllr Anne Devitt (FG). Cllr Devitt, who sponsored most of the rezonings in partnership with Cllr Cyril Gallagher (FF), maintained such a brisk pace in going through the motions that Cllr Michael O’Donovan (Labour) asked her to “give us a chance to think between votes”.

In May, 2000 an internal Fine Gael report, named three FG councillors, including Anne Deviitt, that had received payments from property developers or builders – which a FG  committee couldn’t reach a definitive conclusion about.

In October 2000 – Anne Devitt issued legal proceedings against then Fine Gael leader John Bruton disputing the findings of this report.

One month later, In November 2000 – Anne Devitt and Dr James Reilly – along with 11 others – entered into agreement over Greenhill nursing home in Carrick-on-Suir..

In March 2006 – Mahon/Flood Tribunal heard of a IR£20,000 payment to Anne Devitt (which was later labelled ‘entirely inappropriate” by Judge Mahon).

From The Irish Independent (March 2006):

“Joe Moran, who owns house building firm Manor Park Homes, said he gave the money to Fingal Co Councillor Anne Devitt for providing professional advice and legal services….
Cllr Devitt, the then leader of the Fine Gael group on the council, was paid the sum in 2002 by Rayband Ltd – the company that owns the 18.5 acre site in Lissenhall near Swords [close to the Airside site]. The Mahon tribunal was told Cllr Devitt was also a member of the then Eastern Health Board (EHB) which owned land adjoining Mr Moran’s landlocked site.
Mr Moran said his company got agreement to go through the EHB lands provided they built certain facilities – a new ambulance centre and day patient care unit. Cllr Devitt was quite helpful in that negotiation and was committed to improving health board facilities, he added.

Mr Moran’s site is now proposed as the location for the new national children’s hospital.

Ain’t life grand?

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