Press Release

Launch of the Development Control Plan for the Mater & Children´s Hospital Development

Mr. Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children today launched the Development Control Plan for the Mater and Children´s Hospital Development.

The Mater and Children´s Hospital development incorporates the Mater Hospital, significantly extended and developed, and a new purpose built Children´s Hospital. The new Children´s Hospital will replace the existing Hospital in Temple Street. The objective of the development is to enhance and develop the roles of both hospitals and to improve the level of patient service in purpose-built modern facilities.

It is currently estimated that the project will require funding under the National Development Plan in the region of €340m (IR£268m) at December 2001 prices which would make it the largest health project in the National Development Plan.

Minister Martin said “The progression of this project is further evidence of my commitment and the Government´s determination to strengthen health infrastructure under the National Development Plan. The Mater and Children´s Hospital development, while clearly the largest project of its kind, also represents a continuation of improved hospital infrastructure in the Eastern Region. Tallaght, St. James´s, Blanchardstown, St. Vincent´s, Naas and Beaumont hospitals have all received very significant capital investment in recent years.”

The development will include the following new facilities:

  • Accident and Emergency Departments
  • Surgical Departments / Intensive Care Departments
  • Radiology Department
  • Central Sterile Supplies Department
  • Out Patient/Day Services Department
  • New ward blocks
  • Children´s Psychiatric Unit
  • Neo-natal ITU
  • ICU and HDU

The Minister approved the Development Control Plan and authorised the project proceeding to Stage 3 to facilitate further detailed design and planning for the project.

“I would like to congratulate everyone associated with this exciting project”, said the Minister. “I know that the tradition of compassionate professional care, which has been a feature in both hospitals, will be continued in the new entity. I look forward to its progression through the various stages towards the completion of what, I have no doubt; will be a world-class healthcare facility.”