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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Tallaght 'best for children's hospital site'

TALLAGHT is the "obvious choice" for a new national children's hospital following An Bord Pleanala's rejection of the Mater site, a council has said.

South Dublin County Council has reiterated its support for the development of the hospital in Tallaght after the city centre site was given the thumbs down by the board.

Councillors said it would be "much simpler" to build the hospital in Tallaght than at the built-up Mater Hospital area in the north inner city.

They passed a motion on the issue at the monthly meeting of the county council.

Cllr Maire Devine (SF) tabled a motion calling on the council to recommit itself to supporting the Tallaght site as "the ideal and obvious location".

In response, the council stated that while the decision on the site was a matter for the Government, the council had always and would continue to support the selection of Tallaght.

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The local authority stated that this was due to factors including co-location with the existing Tallaght Hospital, the availability of a publicly controlled, serviced site, good regional and national access by road and public transport, and residential, retail and commercial support services locally.

"It would be quick to build and much simpler to build here than in the built-up city centre site," Cllr Devine said.

Cllr Dermot Looney (Lab) said Tallaght was the "best site" and the council needed to put the issue back on the agenda.

"People want this all over the country; not just locally here," he said.

"The Coombe is coming to Tallaght and that is an added bonus," Cllr Cathal King (SF) said.

"It's important that the hospital is built quickly, we can't afford to wait for a long number of years," Cllr John Hannon (FF) said.

Cllr Paddy Cosgrave (Lab) said the Tallaght site was a "major site for Dublin" and there was "not enough coverage in the press".

aphelan@herald.ie

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