No primary care centre for growing Finglas population

“How long more must we wait?” asks Ind Cllr

by Rose Barrett
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Independent Dublin City Councillor Noeleen Reilly states it is unacceptable that people in Finglas are still waiting on a primary health care centre.

Speaking from Finglas this week, Cllr Reilly said, “We have been talking about a Health Centre in Finglas for a decade now and yet we are still at the point where designs have not been produced!

“The whole project has been caught up in bureaucracy from the beginning and it is not fair on the community” she said.

As Dublin and the rest of the country experience one of the worst health crisis ever, with spiralling hospital admittances and patients left waiting on trolleys for acute beds, the public have been advised by the HSE to see assistance where possible from their local GP or health centres.

“Finglas has a large growing population and there simply aren’t enough GP’s in the area. There is none in Finglas South or West,” pointed out Cllr Reilly.

“That is why a Primary Care Centre is badly needed here. There was a very clear need identified for a Primary Health Care Centre years ago, and this has not been fulfilled.”

Cllr Reilly noted that the last update from the Department of Health was in February 2022 regarding land swaps that need to be completed between the different stakeholders. “Almost a year later and that still hasn’t been finalised” she added.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) had agreed a land swap deal with City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) to facilitate the development of a new primary health care centre in Finglas.

In June 2021, in consultations with the local planning authorities, the HSE initially identified ‘Fergal’s Field’ as a site for the health centre. The plot of land was located behind two CDETB schools, Coláiste Eoin and Coláiste Íde CFE in Finglas but was later ruled out as the land did not have road frontage.

Lands owned by CDETB next to Fergal’s Field was then identified as a suitable plot it offered better access.

At the time, the two sites agreed to swap ownership, with the HSE agreeing to replace school facilities in the transfer including the development of an all-weather playing pitch.

Cllr Reilly concluded by saying “The Finglas Primary Health Care Centre needs to be a priority for all the government representatives and those involved in Dublin City Council. The people of Finglas deserve better.”

Neither DCC nor the HSE responded to Dublin Gazette enquiries.

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