Thursday, 17 December 2020
Appropriation Bill 2020: Second and Subsequent Stages
I want to raise the need for capital expenditure to be provided this year for the building of a hospital on the north side of Cork city. Deputy Colm Burke, the Fine Gael health spokesperson, has raised this issue over the years. Somehow, however, we are entering ten years of Fine Gael being in government and there is still no hospital on Cork's north side. It is unbelievable that nothing has happened after a decade of Fine Gael talking about building it. The proposed site study of the St. Stephen's hospital site in Glanmire, an ideal location, has been indefinitely delayed. The people of Cork North-Central are sick and tired of broken promises from Fine Gael. It is about time that party stepped up to the plate and delivered this much-needed hospital, which has been talked about for 20 years. Last year, we had three different announcements that the project was delayed. In January this year, it was delayed once again. Can the Minister, for once and for all, clarify when the hospital will be delivered and whether it will be located on the north side of Cork city?