Dáil Éireann - Volume 586 - 01 June, 2004

Written Answers. - Care of the Elderly.

  244. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the position with the site selection for the Ballinrobe nursing home, County Mayo (details supplied). [16170/04]

  254. Ms Cooper-Flynn asked the Minister for Health and Children when he will approve an allocation for funding for Ballinrobe community nursing unit to enable a design team to be appointed in view of the fact that a brief for that [1345] project was submitted to his Department on 26 April 2004. [16254/04]

  Mr. Callely:I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 and 254 together.

Funding for the purchase of a site at Claremorris Road, Ballinrobe, was provided to the Western Health Board by my Department. I understand that contracts for the sale of the site have been completed and that full title will be transferred to the board in the coming weeks.

My Department, in association with the Department of Finance, is at present examining the health capital programme for 2004 and beyond to ascertain what new projects can be progressed through either planning or construction stages, taking account of existing commitments and overall funding resources available. It is in that context that my Department will continue to liaise with the Western Health Board regarding the proposed development in Ballinrobe in the light of the board’s overall capital funding priorities.