Bannon disguted by ‘Dublin is best’ mentality

Longford-Westmeath TD James Bannon has attacked what he regards as the blinkered, Dublin-centric approach to the debate surrounding the location of the new National Children’s Hospital.

Longford-Westmeath TD James Bannon has attacked what he regards as the blinkered, Dublin-centric approach to the debate surrounding the location of the new National Children’s Hospital.

The Legan TD has instead suggested that the new facility could be co-located at the site of Mullingar Regional Hospital.

“It made my blood boil that a presenter on our national radio yesterday did not mention any location for the new Children’s hospital other than in the Pale.” he said. “Well, it may come as a surprise to him and to the Minister for Health but children from all around the country will need the services of this new facility.”

Bannon spoke of the difficulty of accessing Dublin and suggested Mullingar as an appropriate and viable spot for the new facility. He highlighted Mullingar’s central location in it’s favour. “Situated as it is at the axis of North, South, East and West, Mullingar would be the logical and most effective site for the new hospital.”

He chided Minister Reilly for “ignoring the potential of Mullingar as a cost effective, easy access option.” Bannon contended that it was “in the interest of sick children and their parents from all parts of the country” that this option be considered.