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New plans lodged for National Children’s Hospital in Dublin

Words: Roger Milne
Leo Varadkar

The long-expected but delayed planning application for a new National Children’s Hospital in the capital has been made to An Bord Pleanála.

The proposed new €650 million paediatric hospital will be located at the site of the existing St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8, and is expected to act as a catalyst for regeneration in this area of the city.

The project is overseen by the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board established in 2007.

The hospital is to be built near the St James’s Gate brewery, run by Guinness, just outside the city centre.

It will amalgamate three existing children’s hospitals on a site shared with St James’s Hospital for adults.

Speaking as the planning application was submitted on Monday, health minister Leo Varadkar insisted: “The plans are spectacular and the design is iconic.”

Under investigation is the feasibility of using waste heat from the brewery in the new hospital.