22nd July 2020

As recently as last November both the Dept of Health and the HSE stated at a meeting in the McAuley Centre that the Primary Care Centre woiuld be going ahead in Drimnagh with preliminary work beginning in 2020 and actual  building beginning in 2021. Obviously COVID-19 has had an effect on timing but we have to make sure nothing is lost overall as things slowly get back to some degree of normality.

The picturebelow is an artists impression of what the Centre may look like when completed but this may change somewhat as time goes by.

We have now contacted our Dáil & Seanad elected Reps, namely Deputies Joan Collins TD., Bríd Smith TD., Aengus O Snodaigh TD., & Patrick Costello TD as well as Senator Catherine Ardagh insisting they follow up on this and make sure the money is not lost or re-allocated to some other project outside of Drimnagh. At this stage we have to depend on their support to see this most necessary project completed.

Having this Primary Care Centre up and running was never more important not jsut to meet the needs locally but to make sure our Hospitals avoid visitsthat could  be treated locally. We know how busy were in recent times and how our Front Line Staff were put under serious pressure – it’s important this is not allowed to happen again and the building of Primary Care Centres would go a long way towards solving the problem.