The Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald says a decision will be made very shortly on the site for the new National Children’s Hospital.
It is reported Health Minister James Reilly will recommend Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown in Dublin as the preferred location of the sites examined by the Dolphin Group.
However children’s consultants are warning against setting the hospital up in a location which is away from adult and maternity facilities.
The Health Minister has confirmed he will be briefing the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in the next 10 days on the final options for the new national children’s hospital site.
Earlier this year the Mater Hospital location in central Dublin was rejected as the site on planning permission grounds.
A group chaired by businessman Frank Dolphin has been assessing possible site and has passed on its recommendations to the Health Minister.
The Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald says she is still hopeful of having the facility built by 2015.