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Holles Street extension granted by city council

The new extension will connect the existing hospital building over Holles Row and west of Meade’s Terrace.

The NMH sought temporary permission due to the proposal for the hospital to be relocated to the campus of St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, within the next five years.

The application is to provide additional labour units and enhanced clinical facilities to meet current demand until the hospital is relocated.

Permission has also been granted for a glazed emergency access stair to service the new extension and for the demolition of an existing shed and covered area at ground level.

Retention permission was also sought, and granted, for the surrounding two-storey temporary structure and screening wall for a period of five years.

The structure serves as a pathology laboratory at the ground floor and engineering offices at the first floor.

“Its retention is essential to the ongoing operational requirement of the hospital as the laboratory and engineering offices service the entire hospital,” stated the application.

According to the architectural impact statement, the hospital has carried out “extensive studies” on options for the facility and the proposed design is the “optimum solution” to meet all of its requirements.

Dublin City Council made the decision on the application in January and there have been no appeals.

Agreement was reached between St Vincent’s University Hospital and the NMH at the end of last year regarding the transfer of the maternity hospital to the St Vincent’s campus in Dublin.

A dispute had broken out between the hospitals on the issues of governance and independence but these have been resolved following independent mediation.

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