Official Opening of the Kenmare Hospital by Senator Mark Daly with the Minister for Health
Prior to the budget in December 2010, Senator Mark Daly looked for ways to ensure the HSE would be legally tied into proceeding with new 40 bed hospital in Kenmare. He sought a Letter of Acceptance from the Health Service Executive. This was issued on the 3rd of December 2010. The Letter of Acceptance, when read in conjunction with the Tender Document ensured that the legally obliged to proceed with the Hospital. On this basis, despite the cut back the HSE, the construction of the new hospital was secured.
The Kenmare Hospital Action Group has warmly welcomed the commencement today, 3rd of February 2012 of construction of the new local community hospital. The Minister for Health James Reilly was in Kenmare at lunchtime to turn the sod on the new €8 million 40-bed development. Úna Clinton O’Neill, spokesperson for the Kenmare Hospital Action Group said this week that they were delighted that their 34-year campaign had come to fruition.
“To Senator Mark Daly, sincere thanks. His relentless efforts were critical to the success of this project by securing a legally-binding agreement between the HSE and the contractor prior to last year’s budget. This was essential in ensuring the allocation of funding for the development, despite budget cuts and has allowed the hospital to go ahead.”
“There was genuine fear over the last few months that the project would be delayed once again and worse still, that the existing hospital was under threat of closure. However, with Glenbeigh Construction now on site, we are satisfied that on this occasion, the new 40-bed hospital will be built for our community”, Úna Clinton O’Neill said.
The Hospital Action Group spokesperson thanked all those who had played their part over the years in securing the new hospital. “A sincere word of thanks must go to the hard working members of the committee, in particular Michael Harrington and Richard Doran, who were part of the original group in 1976. Many others involved over this long campaign include Mary Fitzgerald, Maeve O’Sullivan, Mairead Doyle, local doctors, medical staff and many more. We would like to take this opportunity to praise the officials in the HSE and the Department of Health who were part of bringing this project to fruition,” she said. Úna Clinton O’Neill also thanked the part played by local public representatives in securing the future of the hospital for Kenmare.
"Thanks also to former TD, Breeda Moynihan Cronin, for her assistance to us and the project over the years,” she said. “Thank you, finally, to the local community.” Their faith and support in this campaign over the last 34 years has encouraged us to continue, and has resulted in a new hospital facility for Kenmare.”