Speaking after the Government’s announcement today that funding has been allocated for the New National Children’s Hospital, under the Capital Investment Programme 2012-2016, Fine Gael Deputy for Cavan and Monghan, Joe O’Reilly TD welcomed this news.

‘Health and Children are a top priority of this Government and the announcement that the new national children’s hospital has been awarded funding and given the signal to go ahead is confirmation of this fact. Our Programme For Government states that Health Capital spending will be a priority and the Government is committed to supporting our Health Infrastructure. Construction on this project at the Mater Hospital Site in Dublin is expected to commence in 2013. For many parents and children in the Cavan and Monaghan area, who unfortunately may have to avail of these services in the future, it is a comfort to know that there will be a state of the art service for their children’ stated the Deputy.

‘Part of the funding for the new Children’s Hospital will come from the National Lottery, which is a welcome investment and has given the project the vital boost that it needed. Over the years 2012-2016 an investment of €1,950m, averaging at €390m per year will be made in health infrastructure’ explained the Deputy.

‘Our Children have been put first by this Government and rightfully so. They represent our future and it is a future which I believe must be safeguarded. Today’s announcement confirms that the Government believe this also’, concluded the Deputy

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website