The major overspend on the new National Children's Hospital has cast doubt over the future viability of a number of capital health projects in the Roscommon-Galway region.
That's according to local Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy, who's concerned that commitments made in relation to the building of a 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon and a new unit at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe might be put on the back burner.
The €17 million euro development at Portiuncla Hospital would see the construction of a new 50-bed unit, while the Sacred Heart Hospital project in Roscommon - which was announced before the 2016 general election - is not now scheduled for completion until 2022.
Deputy Eugene Murphy has questioned Tanaiste Simon Coveney in relation to the overspend on the new Children's Hospital, and what that will mean for these capital projects in the West.
Minister Coveney said it's the Government's intention that any project that has a financial commitment will be delivered, but it's about the scheduling of that delivery.
Deputy Murphy says this response concerns him, as the commitments made to these major capital projects need to be honoured....