THE Taoiseach, Tánaiste and members of the Cabinet were on Leeside this morning as a new €35m radiation oncology centre was launched and a briefing held in UCC on plans to make Cork the fastest growing city in Ireland.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney welcomed An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for State for Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor to UCC for a high-level briefing on plans to grow Cork's metropolitan area from 209,000 to 315,000 by 2040.
The plan has pinpointed major investments in health, roads and education in Cork over the next two decades.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney said: “We’ve seen a significant commitment to UCC in the plan with a new business centre, a new dental hospital and major investment in the Tyndall Institute."
“This is a plan for Ireland’s future so we’re bringing it to the students and stakeholders who we want to live and work in our great city.”
Cork University Hospital say the new oncology centre, which was launched by Mr Coveney today and is to be completed by Spring 2019, will transform cancer treatment for patients.
“Unfortunately we are going to see increased diagnosis of cancer in Ireland in the next 20 years but thankfully early diagnosis and treatment means more people than ever are surviving and being cured of cancer,” Mr Coveney said.
“This development at CUH is going to see a significant investment and we will have top of the range treatment in a bespoke facility built around the patients. It is part of a national network, taking everything we have learned about the treatment of cancer, and organising it into safe, timely and specialised treatment.”
Other investments for the region include the Cork-Limerick motorway, major work on the Northern Ring Road and plans for two new hospitals in addition to the dental hospital. One is a new general hospital for Cork, likely to be a partnership between the Mercy and the South Infirmary, and the other an elective-only hospital.