Deputy Tommy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to report on when a primary care centre would be opened and operational in Coolock, Dublin 17. Deputy Broughan received confirmation from the HSE today that construction will begin in early 2016 and is expected to be delivered in early 2017.

The reply stated that the Coolock/Darndale project is one of 14 primary care centres which will be delivered “as a single PPP project” and that ‘the Prime-Balfour Beatty consortium’ won the tender in May 2015 following the standard tendering process of the National Development Finance Agency.

Deputy Broughan said “Primary Care Centres are a vital part of community infrastructure and provide a range of very important services such as access to a GP and Practice Nurse, Community Nursing Service including Public Health Nurse, Community Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, and Home Help/support staff. The addition of an operational primary care centre to the parishes of the greater Coolock area is much needed and long awaited. I welcome news today that construction is finally due to start early next year.”