Concern over health care projects in the north west

A Sligo TD says the lack of clarity from the HSE on the future of three projects in north west is a cause for concern.

Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry has questioned the Minister for Health regarding the construction of health facilities in Ballyshannon, Sligo Town and Carrick on Shannon.

In a series of Parliamentary Questions to the Health Minister Simon Harris, Sligo Deputy Marc MacSharry has asked for clarity on the capital health projects which will be directly affected by redirecting of 100 million euro in capital funding.

The rising costs of the National Children’s Hospital in Dublin has resulted in 100 million euro being cut from other government plans for this year – with half of this sum coming from the Department of Health.

The three projects Deputy MacSharry has concerns about are the new Sheil Community Hospital development in Ballyshannon, a 27 bed inpatient mental health unit in Sligo Town the new St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick on Shannon.


Last month the Chief Officer for the HSE for this region, John Hayes confirmed it in the process of selecting a contractor for the Sheil Hospital in Ballyshannon and said it was expected construction will start in September of this year.

However despite this reassurance Deputy MacSharry says future funding is still at the mercy of a national capital plan.

Meanwhile a Donegal councillor is calling for clarity about the future provision of services at Seaview Respite House in Mountcharles.

Sinn Fein Councillor Noel Jordan says there had been an announcement last November that a new service would be in operation by February just gone.