Press Release

Minister Callely welcomes approval of planning application for replacement units at the Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital in Clontarf

Mr Ivor Callely TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, with special responsibility for Services for Older People, today (13th July 2004) attended the Open Day of the Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital in Clontarf.

The Minister welcomed the approval by Dublin City Council of the planning application for the new hospital which will provide for the replacement of the old veranda ward, and all of the clinical services such as physiotherapy, the gym, the outpatients department and the X-ray department, as well as a new kitchen and dining room.

The two new wards at the hospital will provide intensive rehabilitation for older people, thus enabling them to return to full capacity within their community. “This will be a hugely important development, not only in improving the lives of older people availing of the service, but also in implementing the Department´s policy on older people,” stated the Minister.

The Minister referred to the Government´s commitment to the development of a comprehensive range of services for older people, as demonstrated by the fact that revenue funding for the development of such services increased from €12.7m in 1997 to€111.4m in 2003. In 2004, a total of €9.5m in additional revenue funding was allocated to services for older people.

The Minister paid tribute to the Design Team and the Project Team, including advisors from the Department of Health and Children and representatives from the ERHA for their dedication to the project. He also thanked the staff of the hospital for the enormous amount of work they have put in to meet a very ambitious timeframe.