Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Department of Health
National Maternity Hospital
192. To ask the Minister for Health if the lease of the site for the new National Maternity Hospital has been agreed with a group (details supplied); the status of negotiations on the lease; the duration of the lease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37293/20]
The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group will provide the HSE with a 99 year lease for the site of the new maternity hospital at Elm Park.I am advised that while there are a small number of outstanding issues that remain to be resolved, it is hoped that the drafting of the Lease can be concluded shortly.
As the Deputy will be aware, a legal framework is being developed to protect the State’s interest in the new hospital, of which the Lease is one constituent part.
However, as I have indicated previously, once finalised, the legal framework will be brought to Government for approval.
193. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1139 of 3 November 2020, if the reply will be reconciled with the fact that the company (details supplied) will not retain the legal right to mortgage the hospital; the steps he will take to ensure that this provision in its constitution does not give it authority to mortgage any or all parts of the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37294/20]
St Vincent’s Holdings CLG will not hold a property interest in, all or part of, the new National Maternity Hospital. Under the legal framework currently being developed, St Vincent’s Healthcare Group DAC (SVHG DAC) will lease a site to the State, and the State will provide an Operating Licence to the National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC and SVHG DAC. The ability of SVHG DAC to mortgage, as contained in its Constitution, is being addressed within the legal framework and restrictions, as appropriate, will apply.
194. To ask the Minister for Health the timeline provided to transfer shares in a group (details supplied) to the HSE by a religious organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37296/20]
My understanding is that the approval of the HSE is required to facilitate the transfer by the Religious Sisters of Charity of their shareholding in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) to St Vincent’s Holding CLG.I am advised that the SVHG hassought this approval and the parties are currently engaging. However, as the HSE would be best placed to provide the most up-to-date position on this matter, I have asked them to respond to you directly.