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€13m Development at Regional Hospital



FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has officially turned the sod of a new multi-million euro unit on the grounds of the
Limerick Regional Hospital.

Construction of the €13 unit, which is supported by the JP McManus charitable foundation, is being funded by the Mid-Western Hospitals Development Trust, the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland and the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland.

When completed, the six-storey unit will bring together existing, and in some cases deliver new, services for patients under one roof – saving lives and increasing life expectancy in the process.




In addition to five floors dedicated to breast diseases, stroke/neurological conditions, skin disorders and Cystic Fibrosis, the unit will also include a canteen for the Dooradoyle hospital, replacing the existing canteen on the ground-floor.

“Getting to this stage is a milestone moment for our three organisations but, moreover, it is signalling the beginning of a new era and standard of care that will enhance the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of patients across the Mid-West region annually,” said Una Anderson Ryan, Chairperson of joint-committee established by the three organisations.

“This is a dream come true for the three organisations but, in particular, for the thousands who will benefit from what will be a modern and purpose built facility. It has been a huge effort on the part of the three organisations but the benefits will be so huge for so many that it would be worth doing many, many times over.

Contractors J.J. Rhatigan & Co were appointed last month and work on the site will commence with immediate effect.

Over 100 jobs are to be provided during the construction phase.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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