Independent TD, Mattie McGrath and local Independent County Councillors Martin Lonergan and Richie Molloy have in a statement today, welcomed progress on the first phase of development at St Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen. The statement comes as it was confirmed that contractors had moved on site today.
Commenting on the progress Deputy McGrath said, “Following an extremely long and protracted negotiation period with both the Health Service Executive Officials and Simon Harris, TD Minister for Health, it is encouraging to see progress on the development of infrastructure at St Theresa’s Hospital in Clogheen”.
The public will be aware that a massive and very successful fundraising campaign spearheaded by Ardfinnan native Keith Savage and a local committee, raised funds to further develop services at Clogheen including extra Hospice Suites. Thanks to former Directors of Nursing at the Hospital including Anne Hally an indeed Anne Walsh the current Director, we can now visibly see works commence which will foresee enhanced conditions for patients and indeed staff in general.
It is also encouraging that, along with this phase of works, foundations will be put in place for the provision of extra space expanding the Hospital’s capacity and facilities and ensuring its continued viability into the future.
I have and will continue to lobby the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, for the extra funding to complete the final stages of all development at the Hospital. It has and always will be a critical stem of our health service in Tipperary. I want to again pay tribute to all involved throughout the years be it as staff members or fundraisers. Without their dedication and commitment, we could not foresee a stage where by St Theresa’s Hospital would be further developed with enhanced facilities.
Concluding Deputy McGrath and Councillors Lonergan and Molloy added, “While we were disappointed that the Minister did not, on this occasion, commit to or provide the extra funding required to complete phase two of the works, we can commit to continue to lobby hard so that, the public who have given so generously to this great Hospital and the health care that it provides, will see the fruits of their endeavours fulfilled. While we all would have liked to have seen the development of the Hospital progress more expediently we have to welcome the fact the progress has been made.”