20 Oct 2008
Not so long ago, I posted on a situation where a group of citizens lodged an objection to An Bord Pleanala in an attempt to block a co-location hospital from being built in Limerick City. What happened was that in a manoeuvre which (by the most unlikely of co-incidences) turned out to be of tremendous benefit to the Government in ensuring its hospital building programme would continue unhindered, An Bord tried to make out that the objection lodged by the concerned citizens was invalid for reasons which were suspiciously novel, previously unheard of and too unbelievably trivial to bother explaining. The Bord’s behaviour was rendered even more absurd when it emerged that faxes submitted to them in relation to the same objection were said by ABP personnel never to have arrived at alll but were later found to have been placed in the wrong filing tray. And if that weren’t bad enough, other important documents sent by registered post were apparently signed for by an An Bord Pleanala employee who (allegedly) wasn’t authorised to sign for them – this was offered as an explanation for why these documents, too, never arrived on the desk of the intended recipient.
Well, after a period of quiet reflection, and with no great sense of expectation, our objectors sought legal advice.

To their surprise, their solicitors suggested to them they had grounds to seek a High Court review on how the Bord had handled the whole situation. The Bord’s initial response was to try to confuse the matter by batting it over to the Commercial Court (why? I’ve no idea). But the objectors didn’t blink: instead, they stuck to their guns and sought their High Court review. When push came to shove An Bord decided not to contest the matter.  

So, after all that, the objection to the co-location hospital now stands. And many are suggesting that, if the Bord's decision doesn’t go in the Government’s favour, it might spell the end of the entire co-location idea.        

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:31:37 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
gary this is good news as i was one of the origional objectors. we will now be told we have stopped much needed construction jobs etc. what has been done here is a dent on Mary Harneys privitisation agenda which will destroy our public health system which has served us well in the past. if Beacon want to build a private hospital let them buy some land and build it i have no objection to that, what i do object to is getting much needed land in the site of the regional hospital ( putting paid to an extension forever in the public hospital) which will result in the closure of Nenagh St Johns and Ennis to fill the private hospital.
cllr. Séamie Morris
cllr. séamie morris
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