Revised plan sent to Bord Pleanála


The group charged with building the new national children’s hospital held talks last week with An Bord Pleanála regarding revised proposals to develop the facility at the campus of the Mater hospital.

The planning authority rejected an original application for planning permission for the Mater site several weeks ago. However, the Sisters of Mercy, who own the Mater campus, have decided to donate an 1861 Mater hospital building to the project, which will allow for the development over a wider footprint.

Nearly 20 locations have now been mooted as sites for the children’s hospital.

The team from the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board that met An Bord Pleanála was headed by its chairman, businessman Harry Crosbie.

Meanwhile, Connolly hospital has said the children’s hospital could be developed as part of a new academic health centre on its campus for a total of €424 million, including VAT. The development of a maternity hospital could cost a further €110 million.