Locals raging over noisy night works at hospital

by Emma Nolan

LOCALS living near St James’s Hospital say they’ve been kept up all night by loud building works.
The Ceannt Fort Residents’ Association in the Mount Brown area of Dublin 8 say that they were subjected to sounds from “air-compressor jackhammers, heavy earth-moving equipment, vans, trucks” until 3am last Wednesday.
“The children were awake and could not get back to sleep with excessive noise levels at the back of the premises,” one resident told The Gazette.
Complaints from
residents on McDowell Avenue and Donnellan Avenue were also lodged.
Local residents say that hospital officials made no attempt to inform them that late night works would be taking place.
Works are ongoing at the site for the new children’s hospital.
A resident said: “This is not the first time St James’s have shown their dismissiveness of local neighbours regarding disruptive disturbances. We assume patients in the hospital also had interrupted sleep, nor were they informed.”
They also accused the hospital of “arrogance” in dealing with its neighbours.
In response, a spokesperson for St James’s Hospital told The Gazette they were aware that “on Wednesday night [local] residents were disrupted by works on the St James’s site”.
They added: “St James’s Hospital has apologised unreservedly to residents for the disturbance and has acknowledged that this disturbance was unacceptable.”
The spokesperson said that while the works were indeed planned, “it was not anticipated that these works would be going on late into the night”.
“The programme of works has ceased and will not recommence until dates have been confirmed and communicated to residents.”

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