Calls for basic healthcare services in new developments

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

A councillor has highlighted a dearth of facilities in new developments in the West Lucan area, including the absence of a general practitioner and dental practice.

Sinn Féin Councillor for Lucan-Palmerstown-North Clondalkin, Derren Ó Brádaigh, has called for greater focus to address the “imbalance of basic healthcare providers”, which are not being supplied in tandem with the delivery of housing in West Lucan.

Speaking on the final day of the latest phase in the formation of the County Development Plan 2022-2028, Councillor Ó Brádaigh mentioned large local developments, such as Shackleton, Hallwell, Paddocks and Adamstown.

He stated: “We have over 3,000 families in half a dozen new developments without a local GP, dental practice, physiotherapist, or specialist treatment facility of any description. In fact, there isn’t even a single pharmacy in the immediate vicinity.

“While I fully recognise that the county development plan and the SDZ planning scheme provide criteria and set out certain policy objectives in their language to provision for larger delivery, such as a future primary care centre, we are nevertheless void of any actual basic services in the here and now.

“For this reason, I felt compelled to submit a motion and rebutted the charge that the motion was somehow superfluous. I was delighted that it passed with the support of an overwhelming majority of councillors from across all parties and none, and it is my view now that this will help hone efforts and instil some urgency where previously missing.”

He claimed that the absence of essential services in newly growing communities is having an adverse effect, by placing undue pressure on “already overstrained existing services in places like Lucan Village itself”.

“Whilst it may not be within the absolute gift of the council, there is a responsibility to ensure that every measure is examined to bring about the arrival of the physical service and facilities, into planned new and sustainable communities”, he concluded.

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