Local Clondalkin and Lucan T.D. John Curran has criticised the Government’s failure to progress the promised and planned delivery of Rowlagh Primary Health Care Centre in North Clondalkin in 2019. Deputy Curran was commenting after receiving a HSE reply recently; “It is a year since planning permission was granted for the development of a Primary Care Centre in Rowlagh; however in my most recent reply from the HSE it is very unsettling to read that the HSE have not yet sought tenders for this project. In their reply to me they said they expect contractors to be on site in Q3 2019, however this is Q3 2019 and the HSE have not yet sought tenders for this project. I am urging the Health Service Executive to urgently prioritise construction of this centre and to deliver the much needed Primary Health Care Centre in Rowlagh.

I have continued to follow up on this matter with the HSE so that this project is delivered in North Clondalkin in a timely manner. After years of inaction, planning permission was finally granted in July 2018 to deliver primary health care to the people of North Clondalkin. It’s over 6 years since the Rowlagh Primary Care Centre was first announced under the infrastructure stimulus package with a planned completion date of late 2016. 3 Ministers for Health later and finally the project had planning permission and a commitment from the HSE to begin construction early this year. “The proposed development in Rowlagh when operational will be a significant and substantial health service facility in our community; this is something that I have been campaigning for a long time now. “The centre is to employ 36 staff and provide a substantial range of primary care services including a GP Clinic, a Nurse managed Clinic, suites for speech & language therapy, occupational and physiotherapy therapy, a dental Clinic, a paediatrics suite and a Mental Health Suite from 9am-6pm every weekday and some out of hour GP services.

“Every effort must be made now to ensure that the HSE fulfil its commitment to this centre in 2019 and allow the people of North Clondalkin access to essential Health Care by 2020. “I will persist in highlighting the need for this centre to be completed and operational as soon as possible and that they encounter no unnecessary delays,” he concluded.