Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford has welcomed the decision to locate the new Children’s Hospital at St James’ Hospital but has expressed concerns about delays in delivering the project.

“I warm-heartedly welcome the Government decision to locate the National Children’s Hospital on a site adjacent to St. James’ Hospital and the Coombe Hospital. The people of the South West Inner City are delighted to see the children’s hospital become part of our growing and vibrant community,’ said Lorraine Clifford, Fianna Fáil Local Area Representative.

“With the decision finally made I am calling on the Government to address the design, planning and construction phases of this vital facility as a matter of urgency. The children of Ireland have waited long enough for this much-needed world-class hospital,” she said.

“However there will be dismay at the prospect that the hospital may not be built until 2018.  This near six-year delay is unacceptable and I believe it is also unnecessary.  Minister for Health Dr James Reilly must show leadership and, in the week we vote for children’s rights, do right by the children of Ireland and ensure this project is fast-tracked to construction phase.

“All our efforts should be concentrated on cutting through bureaucracy and having this hospital built as soon as we can.  Given that the South West Inner City’s sitting Dublin City Councillors have not made a single mention of this site as a possible location for the Children’s Hospital at City Hall meetings, they are unlikely to do anything to speed up its construction now.  But the local community can rest assured that I will continue to lobby on their behalf to ensure that this hospital is built without delay, and will not rest until the first sod is turn and the opening ceremony is held.”