TD for Dublin Mid-West, Mark Ward has welcomed that progress has been made on the provision of a primary health care centre in North Clondalkin on the grounds of Collinstown Community College.
In response to a parliamentary question submitted by Teachta Ward, the HSE stated that the process of formal acquisition of the site for the primary care centre will now be progressed.
Teachta Ward said “The provision of a state-of-the art primary health care centre is badly needed in North Clondalkin. “An agreement was reached in 2015 between The Department of Education & The Department of Health on a transfer of lands at Collinstown Community College. “Planning permission was granted in 2018 for the construction of a two-storey primary healthcare centre and a single-storey multi-functional space in the grounds of Collinstown Park Community College in Rowlagh, Clondalkin.
“It is now 2023 and not a sod of earth has been turned on the site, despite planning permission, the fire safety cert and the disability access certificate all being granted. “I welcome the news I received from the HSE that the process of formal acquisition of the site for the primary care centre will now be progressed. “North Clondalkin is a strong and vibrant community, but also one that experiences significant socioeconomic disadvantage. Therefore, the delay in this facility has all sorts of additional consequences. “The plans for the Rowlagh Primary Healthcare Centre are to house a nurse-managed clinic, suites for speech and language therapy, occupational and physiotherapy therapy, a dental clinic, a paediatrics suite, GP suites and a mental health suite.
“These are much needed services that the people of North Clondalkin are crying out for. “I also welcome the money has been allocated for the primary care centre in the 2023 capital programme. “I will be contacting the Minister regularly to make sure there are no more delays.”