Independent Deputy Denis Naughten has been informed by the Minister for Health that the ground works at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, 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 was secured from Government in Project Ireland 2040 and which was delivered upon by Minister Harris in October.
Deputy Naughten says 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.
It is now expected that construction of the new 50 bed ward block will be delayed until the middle of 2021, which he says is disappointing.
The Roscommon deputy says he is determined to ensure this Government follows through on the commitments he secured during the term of the last Government.