Saturday 16 December 2017

New hospital to create over 2,300 jobs

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar

More than 2,300 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the new children's hospital, according to a fresh report.

The figures were released as it emerged that the first step in the planning hearing into the new €650m hospital will get underway this week.

A pre-oral-hearing will take place at the Hilton Dublin Kilmainham Hotel on Friday morning.

This will give an indication of how long the various parties believe they will require for their section of the Bord Pleanala hearing, which will then begin at the end of the month.


It comes as a fresh report by EY said that the new children's hospital will create 2,000 construction jobs and 300 jobs in services during the building phase.

The report also said that 3,700 new children's hospital employees will join 4,000 St James's Hospital employees on the growing medical campus,.

Research was conducted by EY to identify employment, education and enterprise opportunities that would arise during the design, build and operational phases of the hospital.

The independent report was commissioned by a community benefits oversight group which was established by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) and the Children's Hospital Group.

The NPHDB was unable to supply the Herald with the cost of the report last night.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar said that the new children's hospital was the biggest investment in a healthcare project in the history of the State.

"It will bring huge benefits for sick children and teenagers. But I want to ensure that the local community also benefits," he said. "I'm glad to see the development board, the Children's Hospital Group, St James's Hospital and a range of organisations want to ensure the neighbouring communities benefit in terms of employment, education and health."

The application for planning permission was submitted to An Bord Pleanala in August.

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