Failure to deliver Clondalkin health care centre slammed

by Padraig Conlon
Local TD John Curran has welcomed news that construction of Rowlagh Primary Care Centre is finally set to commence

A local representative has blasted the Government for failing to deliver on their promise for a health care centre in Clondalkin.

Fianna Fail TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has criticised the Government’s failure to progress the promised and planned delivery of Rowlagh Primary Health Care Centre in North Clondalkin in 2019.

Deputy Curran was commenting after receiving a reply letter from the Minister on the issue this week.

“It is very disappointing that Fine Gael has failed to ensure that the HSE fulfil its commitment to Rowlagh Primary Health Care Centre in 2019.

“It is over a year since planning permission was granted for the development of a Primary Care Centre in Rowlagh; however in the Minister’s reply to me it is very unsettling to read that the HSE have not yet sought tenders for this project. In July the HSE informed me they expected contractors to be on site in Q3 2019.

“However; this is now Q4 2019 and the HSE have not yet sought tenders for this project.

“After years of inaction; planning permission was finally granted in July 2018 to deliver primary health care in Clondalkin.

“It’s over 6 years since the Rowlagh Primary Care Centre was first announced under the infrastructure stimulus package with a planned completion date of late 2016. This project is now three years overdue and this is utterly unacceptable.”

Deputy Curran said the proposed development in Rowlagh, when operational, will be a significant and substantial health service facility for the local community.

“This is something that I have been campaigning for a long time now. The centre is to employ 36 staff and provide a substantial range of primary care services including a GP Clinic, a Nurse managed Clinic, suites for speech & language therapy, occupational and physiotherapy therapy, a dental Clinic, a paediatrics suite and a Mental Health Suite from 9am-6pm every weekday and some out of hour GP services.

“Every effort must be made now to ensure that the HSE fulfil its commitment to this centre as a matter of priority to allow the people of North Clondalkin access to essential Health Care by 2020.”

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