The project was due to go to tender earlier this year but is now expected to be advertised on the e-Tenders website very soon.
Independent TD Denis Naughten states: “I have been informed that the delay had been primarily due to design development and the carrying out of due diligence of all tender documents.”
The Saolta Group also confirmed that enabling works for the project had allowed a number of onsite issues to be dealt with and that the natural gas and electrical network had been upgraded, while the medical gas infrastructure had also been modified and upgraded.
Denis said: “After I secured the commitment for the ward block development at Portiuncula Hospital from Health Minister Simon Harris there have been a number of delays in the project. It is imperative that this project is now given the priority it deserves within the HSE and that contractors are appointed as soon as possible.”
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