Press Release

Mater / Temple St. Development Gets The Green Light

Announcing the first major health project under the National Development Plan, the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD, along with the Minister for Health and Children, Brian Cowen TD, warmly praised the Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Mercy for their innovative approach in progressing the Joint Mater / Temple St. development which will see both hospitals join together on the one campus.

The first phase will encompass the following new adult facilities :

  • Accident and Emergency Department
  • Surgical Department / Intensive Care Unit
  • Central Sterile Supplies Department
  • Out Patient / Day Services Department

Incorporated within the above service departments will be the facilities for the New National Heart/Lung Transplant Programme.

The second phase will incorporate all the Children’s Hospital facilities along with joint service departments such as Catering, Pharmacy, Pathology and Central Supplies / Maintenance Workshop.

Design, construction, equipping and commissioning of both phases will take place over the life of the National Development Plan 2000-2007.

“I am confident that we will have an institute geared towards the highest standards of compassionate patient care, with theatres and equipment to the highest technological standards available, for Dublin’s Northside,” said the Taoiseach.

The cost of this project is estimated to be in the region of £175m , including equipping and fees, at present day prices. Minister Cowen added that “the £2 billion for health care under the National Development Plan represents a trebling of capital investment in health care as compared to the period 1993 to 1999. My message now is that having delivered the resources, all in the health-care field must now deliver on results and I have every confidence in the ability of all those involved in this particular project to deliver”.