Tender documents for enabling works at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, are to be issued to the short-listed contractors in early January, local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed.
“The enabling works are required in advance of construction of the new 50 bed ward block, a commitment which I secured from Government in Project Ireland 2040, and which was delivered upon by Minister Harris in October,” stated Denis Naughten.
“I have now been updated that the HSE has short-listed contractors and they will receive the tender documents on 6th January 2020 with those to be returned by the end of January. I expect a contractor will be appointed shortly after that.
“This is very welcome news. The new ward block is now urgently required to address the chaotic situation that many patients, and staff, are facing in our local A&E Department.
“The commitment by Government to the Portiuncula development is clearly set out in Project Ireland 2040 and I have made it clear that I expect that to be fulfilled. If we are to develop Athlone into a city then we must ensure that it has a hospital, and Portiuncula is that hospital.”