Tony O’Brien: Maternity Hospital row has never been about land ownership

The phoney war masks the real problem: a board structure that makes the new facility look like a subsidiary of St Vincent's Healthcare Group

St Vincent’s Hospital: row rumbles on about clinical independence. Picture: Fergal Phillips

A new episode of the long-running soap opera based on the planned relocation of the National Maternity Hospital from Holles Street to the site of St Vincent’s University Hospital has dominated the airwaves for the last ten days.

The latest storyline centres on the question of ownership of the plot of land where the hospital is to be built.

The row has erupted even though, just three years ago, Leo Varadkar’s coalition government signed off ...