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Colm McCarthy: Should we think again? If the Connolly site is likely to be cheaper, this really matters in an over- borrowed country

The Government appears hell-bent on going ahead with the National Children’s Hospital in an inner suburb of Dublin, adjacent to the existing St James’s Hospital.

The cost overrun revealed two weeks ago, before a sod has been turned, is reason enough to reconsider the Government’s commitment. It makes a mockery of Government financial planning if cost estimates are so untrustworthy.


'It's never too late to do the right thing': Children's hospital controversy rumbles on

OVER 50 TDS yesterday attended a presentation seriously criticising the Government’s decision to place the new national children’s hospital at the site of St James’s hospital.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath, who hosted yesterday’s meeting, said that an all-party motion calling for the suspension of the proposed National Children’s Hospital project at St James’s is now “a distinct possibility”.


Newstalk - Dr Fin Breatnach and Prof Jonathan Hourihan debate the sites

Dr Fin Breatnach and Prof Jonathan Hourihan debate the sites. Prof Hourihan agrees that it would be faster to build at Connolly, "The man on the street knows you can build it faster on greenfield site".

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Union fury as 'hospital staff gagged'

The country's largest health union has criticised a new code of conduct for staff at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin that it claims restricts employees from speaking out.

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St James's a bad location for a children's hospital

Dr Eamonn Faller works in St James's Hospital and sees first hand why locating the children's hospital there would be a serious mistake.

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Over 70% believe incorrect location chosen for National Children's Hospital

A new poll has indicated that 73% of the Irish population believe that St James’s Hospital is the wrong location for the new children’s hospital.

The Newstalk / Red C Poll* found that only 20% of people surveyed agree with the inner city site.

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Newstalk 106 - 108FM - Is St. James's Hospital For Children's Hospital?

Listen to discussion on whether the St. James's Hospital Site is the best location for the new National Children's Hospital and make up your own mind!

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Today FM - Matt Cooper discussed the future of the National Children's Hospital

Listen to discussion on whether the St. James's Hospital Site is the best location for the new National Children's Hospital and make up your own mind! (Discussion starts at about 18.30 minutes into programme).

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Children’s hospital location not ‘up for debate’ despite poll

The decision on the location of the new children’s hospital is not up for debate, the head of the hospital’s development board has said.

Eilis Hardiman, chief executive of the National Children’s Hospital Development Board made the comment in light of a poll indicating that 73 per cent of people believe that St James’s Hospital is the wrong location for the new children’s hospital.

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Dublin hospitals spend over €730,000 on PR

Dublin's public hospitals and some voluntary hospitals are splashing hundreds of thousands of euro improving their public image.

A staggering €730,000 was spent by these hospitals on the services of PR companies in 2015, it's been revealed.

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Callan's Kicks Interviews retired delegate Varadkar
Computer interviews retired delegate Varadkar reflecting on short life of the Children's Hospital at St James's
Callan's Kicks on St James's announcement
Oliver Callan's Leo Varadkar "Well Marian it's not for me to say that I'm a hero... St James's is the best place, you only have to look at the traffic jams around to see just how popular a location it is. I mean they're literally bumper to bumper all hours of the day just trying to get to the area..."

Decision time on the children’s hospital - The Medical Independent
With An Bord Pleanála’s decision on the proposed new National Children’s Hospital due next month, Catherine Reilly reports on the long-running saga.
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Call for clinical outcomes evidence on National Children’s Hospital proposal - The Medical Independent
Doctors opposed to the proposed site of the new National Children’s Hospital (NCH) have called for evidence on how co-location with St James’s Hospital, Dublin, would improve clinical outcomes for children.
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St. James Hospital Now €60 Over Budget - The Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk
Discussion on The Pat Kenny Show about reports that the cost for the new children's hospital at the St. James's site could run at €60m over budget.
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Cost of children’s hospital could be €60m above estimate - The Irish Times
The cost of building the new national children’s hospital could be up to €60 million higher than originally envisaged, the Government has been warned.
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And still we wait for the national children’s hospital - The Irish Times

 It was supposed to be the last government’s flagship project, scheduled to open for the 100th anniversary of the Rising and serving to highlight Ireland’s progress since then.

Instead the plans for the new children’s hospital, the biggest public building project in the history of the State, remain on the drawingboard at this time of centenary commemoration.

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Dr. Fin Breatnach - The Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk 106-108FM

Dr. Fin Breatnach talks to The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk 106-108FM and discusses why the Connolly campus in Blanchardstown is vastly superior to the current choice at the St. James's campus.

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Keith Kissane - Parent & Supporter of Connolly Site talks to Galway Bay FM

Keith Kissane, supporter of The Connolly For Kids Hospital campaign, talks to Galway Bay FM and explains why the St. James's site is totally unsuitable for the New National Children's Hospital. Keith has first hand experience of having to deal with bringing a sick child for treatment to congested city centre hospitals in Dublin, (the interview with Keith starts at 1hr 46m).

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Dr. Fin Breatnach - The Irish Independent - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

"Click to make huge difference to our children for next century"

Putting the National Children's ­Hospital at St James's is a reckless ­mistake and must be halted, warns Dr Fin Breatnach.

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Dublin Gazette - Calls for Connolly to be base for Kids' hospital.

A campaign group, who is calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to build the new childrens hospital at Connolly, Blanchardstown, instead of at St James’s Hospital in the city centre, is asking people to get behind them and sign their online petition.

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Roisin Healy - The Right Hook - Newstalk 106-108FM

Listen to Roisin Healy, former Medical Director of the emergency department at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, talk to George Hook about why she believes Connolly is a superior site for the National Children’s Hospital and why the St. James’s site is so unsuitable, (the interview can be found just past halfway through the programme).

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Dublin People - Fresh call to build kids’ hospital in Dublin 15

CAMPAIGNERS calling for the new national children’s hospital to be built at Connolly Hospital are not giving up on their dream despite plans being well under way to locate it in Dublin 8.

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