Press Release

Granting of planning permission for new National Maternity Hospital major step forward for women and children’s healthcare in Ireland – Minister Harris

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has said that the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus at Elm Park is a major step forward for women and children’s healthcare in Ireland.

The Minister said “I am delighted that the green light has been given by An Bord Pleanala for the new maternity hospital. This is fantastic news and a very important step towards making the new standard of maternity care, heralded by the National Maternity Strategy, a reality. We all know that the infrastructure at NMH is outdated and now we can now look forward to a state of the art hospital where women and their babies will enjoy comfort and privacy in a modern, purpose-built environment”.

The Minister continued “This new hospital will cater for up to 10,000 births per annum and will radically improve maternity, gynaecology and neonatal healthcare, both at local and national level. The hospital is the flagship project of the National Maternity Strategy and represents the single largest investment ever in maternity services. The hospital will be co-located with the St Vincent’s University Hospital. This is in line with national policy and best international practice and will ensure that, where necessary, women can have immediate, on-site access, to the wider range of clinical expertise provided in the acute hospital. This concentration of medical and surgical services on a single healthcare campus, will enable the provision of better and safer care.

The Minister concluded, “there has been intensive and very constructive engagement between the Department and St Vincent’s Healthcare Group over recent months to agree arrangements regarding the building and ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital. The Department is now finalising an agreement with St Vincent’s and Holles Street, under which it is envisaged that the new hospital building would remain in State ownership. Under the proposed agreement the State would construct and retain ownership of the building. The National Maternity Hospital would operate the hospital and have the use of the building for this purpose. Very good progress has been made to date on this agreement, but some further work is needed to finalise the details of the legal agreement.”