Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Public Accounts Committee

Mental Health Services - Financial Statements 2020

9:30 am

Photo of Neasa HouriganNeasa Hourigan (Dublin Central, Green Party)
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Can we unpack this €8 million? It is an extraordinary sum for a single-storey building on a site with plenty of room to manoeuvre. I visited the site. There is quite a bit of space around it in terms of a construction proposal. Owenacurra was a 24-bed facility and two of the rooms were three-person rooms. Let us bring it down to 20 individual rooms. Mr. Curran's contention is that a 20-bed facility at Owenacurra, which is located in the middle of Midleton on a very valuable site might I add, would cost €8 million to build.