Uncertain prognosis for new children’s hospital

While there is disagreement over the best site, most agree that work needs to start as soon as possible, writes Susan Mitchell

2nd April, 2011

The dispute over the location of the new national children’s hospital has dragged on longer than the country’s banking crisis, and the decision to locate the hospital on the site of the Mater Hospital in Dublin has proved highly contentious.

The decision, made in 2006, has been dogged by allegations of political interference. The allegations developed considerable traction when former Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte produced a letter in which the...

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