Last week, it was announced that An Bord Pleanála had given the green light to plans to build the new National Children’s Hospital on St James’ campus, but not everybody happens to be supportive of the project.


In fact, according to new figures released by the Connolly for Kids Hospital (C4KH) group, almost a whopping 50,000 people have expressed their opposition to the plan and are calling for the ‘immediate’ relocation of the project to the Connolly Hospital campus.


The group revealed that a staggering 46,782 people signed a petition calling on Enda Kenny to build the new children’s hospital on the 145-acre site at Connolly Hospital; to put this figure into perspective, it is more than the turnout at half of the constituencies in February.


C4KH’s main concern lies with improving clinical outcomes for the children who will be affected, and they are fully supported by the thousands claiming that “St James’ is madness” and switching the project to Connolly Hospital is a “no-brainer”.


And hope is not lost, as C4HK remind us this week: “Choosing between sites is not the function of An Bord Pleanála. The last government choose St. James’. It is the responsibility of the new government to change the site. We are urging everyone who feels St James’s is the wrong location to sign at or contact us for petition sheets.”


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