Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West and Spokesperson on Island Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív has expressed his frustration at the lack of progress on the Inishbofin health centre. Plans for the new centre were almost completed more than 7 years ago but no physical work on the provision of the facility has been undertaken.
Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “The situation with the Inishbofin health centre is bordering on farcical at this rate. Instead of going ahead with the project it has regressed over the last seven years despite the fact that the current centre is unfit for purpose.
“Earlier this year I was informed that consultants were being appointed to carry out an environmental and planning assessment for the proposed alternative site for the health centre. However, the latest information that I have received reveals that while the HSE engaged with an environmental engineer, it has not progressed with an assessment. It claims that discussions are ongoing with the local authority and the island division of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs regarding potential sites.
“It’s completely ridiculous that it has taken seven years to go backwards to this point when previously there was a site with full planning permission for the health centre on it. The most disgraceful situation is that the people living on Inishbofin are expected to be content with a health centre that is unfit for purpose.
“The constant excuses and delays are extremely frustrating. More than 160 people live on the island and it is a hugely popular tourist destination, especially in the summer months. A functioning health centre should be a basic requirement, not a perceived luxury.
“I am once again urging the Health Minister and the HSE to deal with this issue as a matter of urgency so that the people of Inishbofin can access a health centre, which is fully functioning and fit for purpose”.