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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Residents remain concerned over plans for new children's hospital

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National Children's Hospital
National Children's Hospital
National Children's Hospital design

Construction plans for the new National Children's Hospital in Dublin are still concerning local residents.

A number of residents who attended an information event in Rialto last night said afterwards they remained worried that the massive building project on the grounds of St James's Hospital would cause them problems.

The new hospital's project manager, John Pollock, said several of the residents' concerns have been taken into consideration.

Residents of O'Reilly Avenue, whose back gardens adjoin the proposed new hospital site, said they remained worried.

"There will be noise and dust when they're building it so we won't be able to open our back windows. I'll feel like a prisoner in my own home," said Margaret Nugent (78).

Her daughter, Margaret (48), said a new road will be built which will allow passengers of double-decker buses to overlook the back garden.

"The Luas causes traffic problems in the area already, but it will be chaos with the increase in traffic," she said.

Joe McGuinness (74) said he was worried the foundations of his house would be damaged when an underground carpark was being built.

However, Mr Pollock said the level of the road carrying double-deckers would be lowered and trees would be planted to improve privacy.

cracks

He said vibration monitors would be placed in local homes and devices to detect any movement in cracks, which will then be used to ensure that any possible damage is repaired.

Congestion worries will be addressed by making construction workers park at the Red Cow and use the Luas to travel to work. Construction traffic will not be allowed park in the area, but will be kept at a holding zone on Davitt Road.

New balconies overlooking South Circular Road homes will have frosted glass for privacy, he said.

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