I had a question sent to me today about when the oral hearing was opening. It has already started. Here's part of the Irish Times piece from the opening day:
Faults with St James’s site for children’s hospital admitted
The proposal to build the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital contains faults, the board developing the project admitted at the oral hearing into the project.
The St James’s site had “occasional demerits” as well as merits, Jarlath Fitzsimons SC, outlining the project, said, but An Bord Pleanala would have to strike a balance in considering the clear and obvious benefits of the project.
Monday is the first day of the oral hearing into plans to build the new national children’s hospital at St James’s.
The hearing into one the biggest infrastructural project in the history of the State was convened by the board and is expected to last at least three weeks.
The application covers the proposed new children’s hospital, a research centre and children’s accommodation in St James, as well as two satellite centres at Tallaght hospital and Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and a “compound” at Davitt Road in Drimnagh.
The scheme is opposed by a number of charities and groups who favour building the hospital on a greenfield site, preferably to the west of Dublin, and will hear from neighbours concerned about the impact of the proposed development on their community.
A decision from the board is expected by February; the hospital could be built and opened by 2020 if the project is approved.
Read the article here: Irish Times