Fine Gael Waterford Minister Paudie Coffey has welcomed €40 million worth of funding for Residential Care Homes in Waterford. Minister Coffey said the two projects that will benefit are St Patrick’s Hostpital and St Joseph’s Hospital in Dungarvan and he has commended the work of both communities in delivering these projects for Waterford City and County.
“St Patrick’s Hospital in Waterford City has long been muted for refurbishment works, but I am pleased that after many false dawns this project has been approved as part of the Government’s Capital Plan 2016-2021. In total, some €20 million will be spent on this project and deliver a 100 bed community hospital in Waterford City. It has been the hard work of the St Patrick’s Hospital Group over many years that has delivered today’s announcement.
Minister Coffey said; “I have been engaged with the group over many years now as an elected representative. This project will be submitted for planning in due course; once this is approved the funding is now in place and works will be able to commence thereafter.
“I am also pleased that a further €20 million worth of funding has been allocated to St Joseph Hospital and Dungarvan District Hospital for a similar residential care home for the West of the County.
“This is a significant investment in our Health Service in Waterford and shows that Fine Gael and Labour in office are delivering in the worst of times what Fianna Fail never delivered in the best of times. It is essential that we keep our economic recovery going so that these types of investments are delivered over the coming years.”