1993: A proposal is put forward for the construction of a new National Children’s Hospital at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It recommended the hospital be built on an adult hospital site.
2006: The McKinsey report recommended a single national children’s hospital should be located along with an adult hospital unit. This would mean merging the Dublin’s three existing children’s hospitals.
2006: The HSE chose the Mater campus as the preferred site in June and the government endoreses this. There is a high number of objections to this proposed site.
2007: The then Minister for Health Mary Harney establishes the ‘National Paediatric Hospital Development Board’ for the development of the hospital.
2010/2011: Plans for the new hospital lodged with An Bord Pleanala in late September 2010 under the Strategic Infrastructure Act 2011. The estimated cost of the build is €430m.
2012: An Bord Pleanála delays a decision due to case complexity in January. A month later, planning permission is refused. The board said proposed development would “constitute overdevelopment”.
2012: St. James’s hospital campus has been idenitfied as the new location to submit fresh plans for the childrens hospital. Controversy remains high for the new choice with objections to the limited car parking space that will be available and cramped site size.
2014: The project brief for the new hospital has been approved by the HSE but the planning application experiences further delays.
2015: A planning application was lodged on Monday 10th August. If the application is successful building work would begin next year with the facility fully operational by 2020.