Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (618)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

618. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in announcing the specifications of the much publicised new National Paediatric Hospital, Dublin; and when will planning permission be sought for the project. [30722/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Work on developing a detailed project time-line for the Children's Hospital is continuing, recognising the urgency and priority attached to the project, as well as its scale and complexity. A Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the design tender was published on 13 June, and this will be followed by publication of the contract notice for procurement of the design team. The intention is to have the new design team in place as soon as possible, while complying with the EU directives and national guidelines on procurement. The aim is to secure planning permission by December 2014.