Ground works for Portiuncula 50 bed ward block to take until next May – Naughten

In East Galway, Health, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten outside Portiuncula Hospital

HSE expect construction to start mid 2021


Local TD Denis Naughten has been informed by the Minister for Health that the ground works at Portiuncula Hospital, in advance of construction of the new 50 bed ward block, will take nine months to complete with an expected finish date of 25th May 2021.

“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.

“While there is no doubt that Covid-19 has been a factor with this delay, so too has the failure of officials to follow through in a timely manner on the commitments I secured for the delivery of this project by 2021 from Minister Simon Harris.

“It is now expected that construction of the new 50 bed ward block will be delayed until the middle of 2021, which is disappointing.  However, I’m determined to ensure this Government follows through on the commitments I secured during the term of the last Government.

“The reality of Covid-19 is that s a new ward block is now more urgently required than ever to address the chaotic situation that many patients, and staff, have faced in the past in our local A&E Department. This new 50 bed ward block at Portiuncula will increase bed usage and can also provide additional beds in the hospital system, I believe that this project should be prioritised.

“The intention is to now seek  contractors for the construction of the 50-bed ward block by the end of this year and it is imperative that the timeline does not slip any further.

“On a positive note the Radiology Flouroscopy room refurbishment and equipment replacement is expected to be completed in February next which will significantly improve the quality of diagnosis in the hospital and assist the medical teams in treating patients,” concluded Denis Naughten.


Editor’s Note: Dáil reply from Minister Donnelly


For Oral Answer on : 15/09/2020
Question Number(s)56 Question Reference(s): 23276/20
Department: Health
Asked by: Denis Naughten T.D.


To ask the Minister for Health the status of the 50-bed ward block development at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe aims to deliver a patient-centred, quality-driven focused service and provides a wide range of diagnostic and support services.  The 50 Bed Ward Block is an important project for the hospital.

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery and management of healthcare infrastructure and has advised that a contractor was appointed for the enabling works contract and commenced work on the 11th August 2020. The 50 Bed Ward Block enabling works project is programmed for completion on the 25th May 2021. It is intended to advertise for contractors for the construction of the 50 Bed Ward Block in Q4 2020 with a view to commencing works on-site in mid-2021. The Radiology Flouroscopy room refurbishment and equipment replacement is running in tandem, it is programmed for completion February 2021.

All capital development proposals must progress through a number of approval stages, in line with the Public Spending Code, including detailed appraisal, planning, design and procurement before a firm timeline or funding requirement can be established.

The final decision to proceed with the construction of a project cannot be made until the tender process has been completed and the costings reviewed to ensure the proposal delivers value for money and remains affordable, and that sufficient funding is available to fund the project to completion, including equipping and commissioning costs.

The delivery of capital projects is a dynamic process and is subject to the successful completion of the various approval stages, which can impact on the timeline for delivery.