A photograph from the launch of the new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin in February
The head of the Jack and Jill Foundation has said he has been sent two anonymous letters which he says proves the site of the new National Children’s Hospital is inappropriate.
The letters, which are purported to be from senior officials, set out details of an overspend in the planning and design process at St James’s Hospital in Dublin.
The Jack and Jill Foundation’s Jonathan Irwin said he is concerned about one of the letters’ claims that the same architects involved in the failed bid to build the hospital at the Mater are once again involved at St James’s.
Charity claims to have anonymous letters telling of overspend on Children’s Hospital (Breakingnews.ie)
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The ‘Blanchardstown consortium’ are working overtime.
delayed for another 10 years so
Leo isn’t 5 minutes in the dept. and he’s acting the dick.
The obvious choice is on the M50 but he should come out and bloody well say it!!
Why what has he done?
Also that isn’t actually obvious.
In fairness, some really good reasons for co-location with an adult hospital have been put forward.
If it were on the M50, it would also have to be near some kind of transport links for those without cars.. There was actually nothing wrong with the origional suggestion of the Mater and it’s probably fair to say was actually a much better suggestion. Right beside the existing children’s hospital and not to mention the hospital had been in the process of making preparations for a huge influx of patients for years, but frankly, it’s the dicking around that’s unforgivable. This should be forced through with the highest urgency. In Temple St, because it spans many buildings the floor levels in a lot of places are not even, meaning there’s steps… STEPS, in a corridor, in a national hospital. The mind boggles.
“Probably fair to say”
care to expand beyond that? Taxi driver analysis.
“right beside the existing children’s hospital and not to mention the hospital had been in the process of making preparations for a huge influx of patients for years,”
claims that the same architects involved in the failed bid to build the hospital at the Mater are once again involved at St James’
wasn’t this in the news last week?
Not sure, but if it was would that be an issue. It wasn’t the fault of the architects that the Mater proposal fell through, rather the planning authority that messed the whole thing up.
By planning authority I assume you mean An Bord Pleanala. LPA and ABP don’t mess up planning applications they simply follow set procedures, it is people who make planning applications that don’t follow the prescibed process that get messed up particularly where they feel they can use political pressure or other influence/argument to by-pass process and due process. Thats what happen at the Mater, and is a good reason not to use any of the ‘professionals’ from the previous develoment team again.
The Mater site would have been poorly located for most people in Ireland and most people in Dublin, Temple St Hospital have very poor access as does the Mater.
There is loads of space (owned by religious orders) around St Vincents, which is where Holles St wil be relocating to. Doesn’t solve M50 issue, though is quite accessible by port tunnel and east link and Sydney Parade DART station is couple hundred m from there. Of course St Vincents doesn’t have the political connections of the Mater of James, and it might be unpalatable to some to build national infrastructure in southside Dublin.
“There is loads of space (owned by religious orders) around St Vincents”
There really isn’t, although if they were to take some land from Elm Park golf club(also owned by the Sisters of Mercy)………………….
‘set out details of an overspend in the planning and design process at St James’s Hospital’ , Is that another way of describing corruption?
Distinct lack of data driven analysis
The Blanchardstown thing is reminiscent of the Bertie Bowl – a large but mysterious donation- supposedly philanthropic but contingent on a specific location.?
Is someone looking to benefit from increased development of adjacent sites/?
Something smells bad here.
Obvious statement of the day award goes to me.
Why not put it in the centre of the country and use helicopters to transport patients?
I’ve done the figures over twenty years, it would be cheaper.
Really? You’ve “done the figures”.Do tell !