Construction work on the new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin is expected to start shortly after it was announced today that the scheme has been granted planning permission.
Acting Minister for Health Leo Varadkar described the decision to give the project the go-ahead as absolutely fantastic news. He tweeted: “Great news for all the children of Ireland.”
The new building will be a world-class facility providing secondary paediatric services for the greater Dublin area and specialist services for the country. It is the largest, most complex and significant capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland.
The €700m building will be seven storeys high, and will accommodate 380 single inpatient rooms and 42 critical care beds.
It is expected the new hospital will be completed in 2019 and be fully operational by 2020.