Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has highlighted the fact that plans are progressing at a very slow pace for the proposed multi-million euro development at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town.

Deputy Murphy recently tabled a parliamentary question with the Minister for Health seeking an update on the status of the planned €10 million project for a replacement 50 bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon when he queried what stage the proposed development was at, when the finalisation of financing would be achieved and the timeframe for completion of works.

“Commitments were given in relation to this multi-million project at the Sacred Heart Hospital prior to the 2016 General Election but still two years on we are not much further along. This multi-million euro project was announced back in January 2016 and it was due to be completed in 2021. However the most recent PQ reply from the Minister indicates that funding is only due to be provided to commence the design process in 2019 and it is expected that construction will get underway towards the end of 2020 with completion due in 2022. I welcome the fact that preparatory work on the project brief, site selection, option appraisal, cost estimates etc have been completed. The project was submitted to the National Capital and Property Steering Group in August 2017 but things have moved at a very slow pace since then with the completion date already pushed out to 2022,” said Deputy Murphy.

The Fianna Fáil TD said that he would continue to keep this issue on the Minister for Health’s radar and he has urged Minister Harris to progress with the planned multi-million build in a timely manner.