An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D have both re-affirmed Fine Gael’s commitment to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. Councillor Aisling Dolan, who is the Fine Gael election candidate for Roscommon – Galway says that the tender contract for Stage 1 enabling works on the new 50 bed ward is due to be awarded shortly to one of three shortlisted bidders, with work due to begin the week of April 20th, 2020.
Minister Harris says the Stage 2 main works for the replacement ward block are at tender stage and will go out to tender in the coming weeks.
“I want to assure you that Portiuncula Hospital has received additional investment because of its importance to the people of Roscommon and Ballinasloe. We want to continue to enhance services at the hospital and it has a very bright future under Slaintecare, meeting the needs of the community it serves so well, “Minister Harris has said.
Meanwhile, An Taoiseach has further endorsed investment in the hospital during a visit to Ballinasloe this week. Leo Varadkar said Portiuncula Hospital is going to be upgraded with the provision of a new building to accommodate 50 beds which is already in the tender phase for enabling works. It followed a recent visit by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to Portiuncula, where he met with General Manager James Keane and Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Marita Fogarty to discuss the needs of the hospital.
Councillor Aisling Dolan said “Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has a huge catchment area with many people working here and seeking treatment here. I have fought for the hospital since I was first elected to local government and will continue to ensure Portiuncula is further upgraded if elected to national government. It’s important that people know the facts when casting a vote on February 8th and the fact is that investment is being made in Portiuncula Hospital.”
Galway County Council is reviewing access to a polling station in Ballinasloe town amid concerns about accessibility. Councillor Aisling Dolan, who is the Fine Gael election candidate for Roscommon – Galway has raised the matter with staff working in the Municipal District offices in Ballinasloe.