Dáil Éireann - Volume 578 - 28 January, 2004

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

  263. Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Health and Children the date he expects to appoint contractors to commence building the new Dingle Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2396/04]

  Mr. Martin:The appointment of contractors for the building of the proposed new Dingle Hospital is a matter for the Southern Health Board.

My Department approved stage 3, or scheme design, of the planning for the proposed development of a new hospital in Dingle in June 2003. The Southern Health Board has progressed to stages 4 and 5 of planning for the project, namely, detailed design and pre-tender cost check.

The next step of moving the Dingle project forward to construction is to arrange for the submission of tenders. That is being considered by my Department in conjunction with the Southern Health Board and in line with the board's priorities and funding resources available.