Tender for new National Forensic Hospital in Portrane to be awarded shortly
Over €50 million to be spent on project next year alone
Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has welcomed confirmation that the tender for the new National Forensic Mental Hospital in Portrane will be awarded shortly by the HSE.
“I am delighted with confirmation by Minister Helen McEntee that the tender for the development of the National Forensic Mental Hospital in Portrane will be awarded shortly by the HSE. This major project will be an essential component of our national health system, and its development will be greatly beneficial to the local community in Donabate and Portrane.
“The National Forensic Mental Hospital is a major capital project, which will include a new 120 bed hospital and two new 10 bed units for Mental Health Intellectual Disability and for Mental Health Child & Adolescent Services.
“This project also represents a great investment in the North County, with over €50 million expected to be spent on the development of the National Forensic Mental Hospital next year alone. Furthermore, the local economy in Donabate and Portrane will certainly benefit during the construction process, and following the opening of the hospital, with an increase in staff and workers coming into our local community on a daily basis.
“Discussions on replacing the Central Mental Hospital began around 2000 and approval was given for the development of the National Forensic Mental Hospital in 2006. Following this, the site at St. Ita’s in Portrane was chosen in 2009 with planning permission granted in 2015. I am pleased that we are now in a position whereby construction can soon commence.
“The development of the National Forensic Mental Hospital in Portrane will allow for the provision of forensic services in a state of the art facility. Ensuring that patients receive the best possible care in a suitable and comfortable environment is of the utmost importance and I am sure that the National Forensic Mental Hospital, once completed, allow us to achieve this. I will continue to actively engage with Minister McEntee as the development of this integral project continues.”
Alan Farrell TD with Minister Helen McEntee