And also because in Ireland, the center of the city is the only place served by public transport. So for families coming up from the country on the train, would be fecked trying to get out to Lucan or where ever, if the arrived into Heuston.
Nobody brings a sick child up to Dublin from the country on the train. Just like people don't go to James' for their cancer treatment by public transport.
Besides which, James' is a short hop on the Luas from Heuston and Connelly...
James' would seem to be the ideal location transport wise - it is not a million miles away from Crumlin Children's (so close in fact that one wonders if they could be administratively considered co-located...). On the other hand, the Coombe is moving out to Tallaght and one of the pre-reqs of the new site was supposed to be that it was co-located with a maternity hospital...
Probably not. But if you've a sick kid in a hospital & your visiting them daily, they might not drive up every day, not if one parent has to get to work every day, then the other has to get in to visit.
No major hospital in Dublin should be more than one-hop via public transport from a mainline station like Heuston or Connelly. If a hospital doesn't have plentiful & free car parking, which no hospital in Dublin has; then it needs to have excellent & short public transport links.
Ultimately for parents the problem is not where the hospital is, within certain limits, but the quality of care their child gets, & how quickly they get it.
Right now we will have the worst of all worlds, a slow, undersized & half-assed childrens hospital, with no critical element done well. Not well staffed, not easily accessed & undersized. There's acres of land out where the Bertie bowl was originally intended to be built, its off the M50, its relatively easily accessible. I don't understand why the Dail can't pass a bill designating a part of the area a 'special development zone' & just exclude it from regular planning laws & just get the fucking hospital built
I listened to the clowns waffling about how it shouldn't be a big deal to just change the original plans & reduce it from a 5xx room building to a 4xx room building & how it was no big deal
Now, as an Engineer, I have a pretty low opinion of architechs, but even I know that reducing a building plan by 20% takes a little more than a few hours, & the idea that something that previously took a few years can now be done in a couple of months a gigantic pile of shit
I'm sick of hearing how the Democratic process must be observed, when we all know that ABP was set up to allow the TDs & councillors to fuck about with the process while appearing to keep their hands clean. ABP is a bunch of asshole marionets who need to be told what the desired result is before they can make a decision