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NCRI likely to stay in Cork despite lease expiration

The lease on the NCRI Cork-based headquarters comes to an end in November this year. The NCRI is based in Building 6800, Cork Airport Business Park, Kinsale Road in Cork.

However, a spokesperson for NCRI told the Medical Independent (MI) that it is unlikely that the Registry would move from Cork. The NCRI has been based in Cork since its establishment in 1991.

“The lease does expire in November 2017 and NCRI will begin the process of searching for new premises in early 2017,” the spokesperson told MI.

“The search will also involve negotiations with the current landlord and if the rent is reasonable a move may not be necessary.

“It is unlikely that NCRI will move outside of Cork to elsewhere in the country. We lease the premises from Irish Infinity Fund.”

Meanwhile, MI has also been told that NCRI Chairperson Dr Susan O’Reilly is expected to step down next month.

“A replacement chair is expected to be appointed by the Minister for Health,” said the NCRI spokesperson.

In 2016 Prof Kerri Clough-Gorr was appointed Director of the NCRI having replaced longstanding Director Dr Harry Comber following his retirement.

Last month the NCRI published its annual report which outlined that, although the total number of cancers continue to rise, mainly due to the ageing of our growing population, the cancer rate among men may have plateaued.

Rates of the top three cancers in men (prostate, colorectal and lung), adjusted for age, are now declining or static.

For women too, the rate of the most common of the more serious cancers – breast cancer – has decreased since 2008, after a long period of increase from 1994.

About 37,600 new tumours were registered annually in 2012-2014, of which 30,700 were malignant cancers.

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