Murphy casts doubt over Sacred Heart Hospital project



Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy is claiming that the Government has reneged on commitments it made in relation to a multi-million euro development at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town.

  Deputy Murphy recently tabled a parliamentary question (PQ) with the Minister for Health seeking an update on the status of the planned €10 million project for a replacement 50-bedroomed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon.

  “Commitments were given in relation to this multi-million project at the Sacred Heart Hospital prior to the 2016 General Election but still three years on we are no further along.   “This multi-million euro project was announced back in January 2016 and it was due to be completed in 2021”.

  Deputy Murphy believes that the design process will be behind schedule.

  “The goalposts are constantly being changed in relation to this issue. I received a PQ from the Minister a number of months ago indicating that the design process would commence in 2019 with construction to get underway in 2020 with completion in 2022.  

  “However now all that seems to be thrown out the window as the most recent PQ reply which I received this week reveals that a design team has not even been appointed yet, which is outrageous!”

  Deputy Murphy says that the PQ reply also states that the HSE will proceed with the tender process for the design team later this year, although he does not hold much hope that this will happen.

  “We are already in October so I wouldn’t be holding my breath at this stage. It is clear that this Fine Gael led Government has reneged on its commitments in relation to the multi-million euro development for the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon and the Minister needs to be held to account for this”.