TD wants church on hospital grounds saved

A Dublin TD wants a 120-year-old church on the grounds of St James’s Hospital to be saved.

Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne says she will be seeking a commitment that church will be now saved after it was announced that plans to co-locate private hospitals on public grounds would be scraped.

“It’s great news that under directions from the new Government, the Health Service Executive has announced it’s shelving plans for an eight storey private medical facility on the grounds of St James’s Hospital in Rialto,” said Byrne.

“However it’s essential that a clear commitment is given to protect the 19th Century church on St James’s grounds, which was due to be bulldozed under the co-location proposals.

She said that residents of the area have been “completely opposed” to the demolition of the chapel. She said the building had significant associations with the Easter Rising and it is one of the few historical building left on the grounds.

Byrne added: “I am seeking clarification from the developer Synchrony Properties Ltd about their intentions regarding the future of the church. There is now no argument for knocking down the much loved chapel, as the co-location plans won’t be going ahead. I intend to spearhead a strong local campaign to ensure the church stays open.”

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