PLANS FOR a major new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin’s north inner city have been hindered by the decision of An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission for the project.
It had been intended to build the new facility at the site of the Mater Hospital in Dublin – which the government said would offer better clinical outcomes at no extra construction cost.
Supporters of the Mater site – including an independent panel appointed by James Reilly – said the Mater site made the most sense logistically, as it was close to the city centre which was accessible to public transport from outside the city.
Opponents argue, however, that the Mater site was difficult to access for parking, that it was impractical to walk there from Busáras or Connolly station, and that a greenfield site around the M50 could be a better option.
So – today we’re asking: out of the two options, where should the hospital be built?