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Update On New Forensic Hospital In Portrane

St Itas Hospital, PortraneSt Itas Hospital, Portrane

Recently, in Leinster House a group of local representatives from around the North County met with Minister Kathleen Lynch TD, in regards to the national forensic hospital at Portrane. In attendance were local councillors Adrian Henchy (FF), Paul Mulville (NP), Duncan Smyth (Lab), and TD Brendan Ryan (Lab). “At the meeting the community representatives and local councillors highlighted the very strong concerns about construction traffic coming through the village, past the schools, and the serious health and safety risks being posed to local residents, particularly school children, young people and our senior citizens using the very
narrow footpaths along the Portrane Road,” Henchy told the County Leader.
“Minster Lynch explained to the delegation that she is well briefed on the community concerns and said that she she recently met with Senior County Council staff to discuss the possibility of using an alternative route for construction traffic. She did however state very clearly that the HSE will not be seeking alternative Planning Permission for the Haul Road as this project must go ahead without delays as the construction costs are currently increasing daily due to inflation,” he continued. Minister Lynch was asked for a timeline for the construction to start, and she said that they intend clearing the site in autumn with development commencing in March 2016. The Portrane community have now formed a specific focus group: ‘The Peninsula Hospital Action Group,’ and this group intends to hold a public meeting on the 2nd of September in Donabate Portrane Community Centre. “The community group have worked together with great effort and determination over the last nine months and we are determined to ensure our voices are heard and that the concerns around this welcome facility are properly addressed,” Henchy continued. “We are preparing to step up our campaign to ensure this hospital is built to the highest safety standards and the HSE must recognise that our infrastructure is not up to the standards to allow our community to grow alongside this new hospital at St Ita’s Portrane with one narrow road serving the peninsula. This situation must improve for our local community,” he concluded.