I propose to take Questions Nos. 616 and 617 together.
On 6 November last, I announced the Government's decision to locate the new children's hospital on the St James's campus. This completed consideration on the location of the hospital. Co-location, and ultimately tri-location with a maternity hospital, on the St James's campus will support the provision of excellence in clinical care that our children deserve.
The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board is the body with statutory responsibility for building the new children's hospital. Since the current Board was appointed in January, it has focused on a number of key issues. These include reconciliation of the design brief with the new site, site preparation and new procurement processes. The overall aim at this stage of the project is to secure planning permission by December 2014.
Work on developing a detailed project timeline beyond 2014 is continuing, recognising the urgency and priority attached to the project, as well as its scale and complexity. This is a very large and very complex capital project, and is of huge importance for the provision of acute paediatric services for all children in Ireland. I am determined to ensure that it is completed as swiftly as possible, with optimal design and value for money.