Fianna Fáil Seanad Group Leader, Senator Catherine Ardagh has expressed her frustration following a decision made by the Health Service Executive to no longer progress with the development of a Primary Care Centre in Drimnagh, Dublin 12.

The Crumlin based Senator raised the cancelation of this project during debate in Seanad Éireann earlier today.

“Six years ago the then Government committed to deliver primary care services to alleviate blockages in the acute health system,” she explained.

“These services, which are considered to be gold standard, would help ensure that those who do not need to be in acute care are removed from a hospital setting.

“It was confirmed in 2012 that a centre would be developed on Curlew Road in Drimnagh which has a population of tens of thousands of people.

“In information received by Fianna Fáil in 2015, the Department confirmed that planning for the centre was not completed in the required time frame for Public Private Partnership.

“Residents in Dublin 12 have been waiting for this project to proceed and since my election to the Seanad; I have continually raised this delay. The entire Drimagh community deserves the highest quality public services as much as any other area in the country.

Senator Ardagh added, “Regrettably, I was informed this week that a letter has been circulated by the HSE’s Head of Services outlining our fear that the construction of Primary Care Centre in Drimnagh will not be going ahead.

“I have now called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris to come before the Seanad and provide a thorough explanation of how a decision to cancel this project was reached

“It appears that there is little genuine substance or follow-through with regards to repeated Government announcements.

The Senator concluded, “Given the cancellation of this much needed development, the Drimnagh community cannot be expected to trust those in power if all their promises are repeatedly being abandoned.”