CITY Hall has thrown its backing behind calls for a new city hospital to be built on the northside of the city or Glanmire rather than at Curraheen.
A site for the new Cork hospital is set to be selected by the end of this year. Curraheen has been looked at by the HSE as a possible location but the docklands and St Stephen’s Hospital in Glanmire are also possibilities.
It is understood that the HSE would need a site at least 50 acres in size but would prefer 100 acres.
Councillor Thomas Gould (SF) has gained the support of the council in writing to the Taoiseach and Health Minister Simon Harris to request that a site on the northside or in Glanmire is found.
“St Stephen’s Hospital in Glanmire would be the most obvious choice,” said Mr Gould.
“Some have suggested the hospital will be in Curraheen. Anybody who goes out to Wilton or Bishoptown will see the area is in gridlock. If you add the new hospital to that, God help the people of Bishopstown and Curraheen.
“We have a greenfield site in Glanmire which was a hospital, which is accessible and only a couple of minutes from the main Cork to Dublin road and if the Northern Ring Road ever gets built, we will have access from right across the city.
“To put a hospital in Curraheen would be madness,” Mr Gould added.
Ger Keohane (IND), who has long campaigned for the hospital to be on the site of St Stephen’s said: “It’s a no brainer as St Stephen’s Hospital is on 170 acres. It’s half a mile off the motorway and could service Blackpool, the Glen, Mayfield and Glanmire. The Minister should tour the site. The amount of derelict buildings on the site is frightening. Investing money into the site would reduce the amount of people on trolleys in the other hospitals.”