(Limerick East): It was agreed in principle in 1989 that the Children's Hospital Temple Street be relocated on the campus of the Mater Hospital. It has also been accepted that future developments at the Mater Hospital would take into account the relocation of the children's hospital. Because of the planning and financial implications involved for the two hospitals, it is not possible to say, at this time, when the move will take place.
Pending relocation to the Mater Hospital site, a programme of improvements is ongoing at the Children's Hospital, Temple Street. In the interim, it is intended that the hospital will be provided with adequate facilities to enable it perform its important functions in the delivery of paediatric hospital care.