Children's hospital - 2019 target
WORK on the new €484m children's hospital will begin in 2016, and the facility will start accepting its first patients just over three years later, it has emerged.
The news comes as the heads of the country's other children's hospitals welcomed the appointment of BDP architects to work on the project.
Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Temple Street Children's Hospital and the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght will come together under one roof at the planned campus.
Following a long-running controversy, a site at St James's Hospital was chosen in November 2012 after initial plans for the Mater Hospital were rejected.
Developers for the project have set a date of December next year to obtain planning permission and hope that machinery can be on site the following month.
The board has also revealed that it plans to take its first patients in by the summer of 2019.
The new facility will employ around 2,300 staff and it will have almost 390 beds for its young patients.
Chairman of the board Tom Costello said work has to be done on access and car parking for the new hospital, with the parents of sick children due to be guaranteed a space.
A facility will also be made available to book parking slots, and plans have been drawn up for around 1,000 spaces.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said the decision about the location for the new hospital has been made.
He believed planning permission would be granted for the project, and said there have been extensive consultations with An Bord Pleanala.
"Co-location of the children's hospital with an adult teaching hospital will result in better health outcomes for the sickest children," the hospitals said in a joint statement.
Lorcan Birthistle, head of Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, said that yesterday was an important milestone in the project.