Minister Disappointed After Plans For Children`s Hospital Rejected
Dr James Reilly said the decision, which was reached after a majority verdict of three to one, will delay the provision of the best health services for children at a time when they need it most.
Reilly said the Government remains committed to the project and will study the decision urgently. He mentioned the possibility of a legal challenge from the government but accepted it is too early to think of such action.
Construction of the €650m hospital was due to be completed by 2016 and it would have been the biggest building project in the State.
An Bord Pleanála said the development would result in “a dominant, visually incongruous structure and would have a profound negative impact on the appearance and visual amenity of the city skyline”.
The board said the development would be inconsistent with and adversely affect the existing scale and character of the historic city.