We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

File photo Tim Ockenden/PA Archive/Press Association Images

New hospital in Ennis could provide hundreds of jobs - mayor

The €60million project is being proposed by a private company on the site of a former psychiatric hospital.

THE MAYOR OF Ennis has called on planning authorities to approve an application for a new private hospital in the town, saying it could generate hundreds of jobs.

Cllr Michael Guilfoyle said hospital services in the area are currently “not great”, and the proposed new facility on the site of a former psychiatric hospital would be a significant boost.

The ‘full care’ hospital on the town’s Gort Road is being planned by Duesbury Ltd, who have lodged an application with An Bord Pleanála.

“I’d be 110 per cent supportive of it,” Cllr Guilfoyle told “As mayor of Ennis and as a councillor, I’d ask people to get behind it. I hope the powers that be will look at it in a favourable way.”

The company backing the €60million project believes it could create 600 jobs, according to the Irish Examiner.

Cllr Guilfoyle said this figure was “quite high”, but even a fraction of those jobs would be welcome. “Even if it’s half of it, that’s 300 more jobs in Ennis that we haven’t had for many years,” he said.

He said he hoped the development would encourage young people to stay in the area rather than emigrating.

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.