Press Release

Micheál Martin TD Minister for Health and Children announces €75.5 million health package

€65million earmarked for wide range of refurbishment and maintenance works

€5.5 million for the purchase of long-term care beds

Investment of €5 million for health research


Mr Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Health and Children today announced a major national health funding initiative of€75.5m for the Health Service of which €70 million is being resourced by the National Development Plan. This funding is additional to the capital funding of €30m announced by him earlier this week to develop new Services for People with Disabilities.

In making the announcement, the Minister stated “Given the scale, complexity and requirements of our health service, I have always been conscious of the need for continued and appropriate investment in the crucial area of minor capital needs, particularly in light of the increasing activity levels in our healthcare facilities. Meeting these, such as replacing equipment or upgrading a ward, has immediate and beneficial effects for both patients and staff alike, and are tangible evidence of the Government’s continued commitment to quality infrastructure for modern healthcare”

Approximately €65m has been earmarked for a wide range of minor capital initiatives for the system generally and will cover expenditure relating to replacement equipment, health and safety, fire precautions, refurbishment/maintenance of facilities and other local infrastructural upgrades.

The Minister is making €5.5 million available to the Southern Health Board and the Eastern Regional Health Authority to allow them access appropriate care packages for patients currently occupying acute beds but whose acute phase of treatment is over. “I recognise that the operational capacity of Accident and Emergency Hospitals in the Dublin and Cork areas in particular are compromised by the continued occupancy of beds by patients who could be discharged if appropriate facilities were available elsewhere” Minister Martin said.

In addition to the foregoing there will be a general equipment replacement programme within all Health Board areas and the ERHA.

An investment of €4.5m is also being provided to the Health Research Board. This will allow the Board to hold an open competition for research proposals, which will commence before the end of the summer. A further grant of up to €0.5m is being provided to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin for infrastructural improvements to support Paediatric Services Research.

Department of Health and Children officials will be liaise with each of the Health Boards over the coming days to finalise the programme details.

The breakdown of the overall funding for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health board areas (to include certain local voluntary agencies) is as follows:-

Eastern Regional Health Authority 19
Midland Health Board 4
Mid-Western Health Board including St John’s Hospital 8
North Eastern Health Board 4
North Western Health Board 4
South Eastern Health Board 7
Southern Health Board including the Mercy and the South Infirmary / Victoria Hospitals 12
Western Health Board 7

Examples of minor capital iniatives expected to proceed arising from the new funding now being made available by Minister Martin include:-

Eastern Regional Health Authority

St.James’s Hospital
St. Vincent´s Hospital, Elm Park

Beaumont Hospital

Mater Hospital

Tallaght Hospital

Royal Victoria Eye & Ear

Coombe Hospital

National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street

Rotunda Hospital

Our Lady´s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin

Children´s Hospital, Temple Street

Northern Area Health Board

East Coast Area Health Board

South West Area Health Board

Refurbishment and maintenance / further development of health and safety issues /
equipment replacement

Midland Health Board

St. Joseph´s Hospital, Longford Heating/roof repairs; replacement windows; infrastructure upgrade
Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise Upgrade Gate Lodge; rewire laboratory; replacement autoclaves
Community Nursing Unit, Edenderry Upgrade day wards/catering department
Athlone District Hospital Upgrading and rewiring of nurse call system

Mid-Western Health Board

Mid-Western Regional Hospital 

Regional Orthopaedic Hospital, Croom

Regional Maternity Hospital, Limerick

Ennis General Hospital

Nenagh General Hospital

St John´s

General Maintenance; further development of fire safety; health & safety works
St. Ita´s, Newcastlewest Refurbishment/Electrical/Boiler/Roof works
Clare Community Nursing Units General Maintenance/fire safety/health & safety works
Health Centres – Limerick/Clare/North Tipperary General Refurbishment/fire safety/health & safety works

North Eastern Health Board

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda Refurbishment of Accident and Emergency Department
Cavan General Hospital 

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

Monaghan General Hospital

Louth County Hospital

Our Lady´s Hospital, Navan

Upgrade water supply and storage systems/general maintenance/catering department upgrade/refurbishment/fire safety/health & safety works
Our Lady´s Hospital, Navan Theatres/Central Sterile Supplies Department upgrade

North Western Health Board

Letterkenny General Hospital Blood Transfusion Analyser; electrical infrastructure upgrade
Sligo General Hospital Pharmacy clean air system
Mental Health – Supervised Residential Units General Refurbishment of Units
Dungloe District Hospital – Primary Care Centre General Refurbishment

 South Eastern Health Board

Waterford Regional HospitalSt. Luke´s Hospital, KilkennySt. Columbas, Thomastown Fire safety works
St. Luke´s Hospital, Kilkenny New Autoclave
St. Joseph´s Hospital, Clonmel Roof replacement
Our Lady´s Hospital, Cashel Boiler replacement

 Southern Health Board

Cork University Hospital Radiology Department enabling works
Replacement – upgrade fire alarm panels
Mercy University Hospital Wards upgradeReplacement C-Arm (Radiology)
St. Infirmary/Victoria Hospital
Tralee General Hospital
General refurbishment (ward upgrade & electrical upgrades)

Western Health Board

Merlin Park Regional Hospital Health & Safety upgrades
Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe New Incubators
UCHG Electrical infrastructure upgrade
Roscommon County Hospital St. Coman´s ward upgrade