Call for conversion of empty Baggot St hospital into accommodation for Ukrainian refugees

HSE is being asked to convert the unused Baggot St hospital into housing for Ukrainian refugees.

The Royal City of Dublin Hospital has been dormant in Dublin’s city center for many years and has an overall floor space of 5,600 square metres, and businesses and local residents are now calling for its use. shelter for people fleeing war in Eastern Europe. .

Dublin Labor City Councilor Dermot Lacey said it was “disgraceful” that the hospital had been empty for so many years and called on the HSE to open its doors to Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war.

Local developer Mary McGrath has said that the company is happy to provide builders for hospital repairs.

“We are ready to bring in, but we need more people. It’s hard to say exactly what needs to be done,” she said.

“It would be great if someone could go in there and see what needs to be done and then we would take care of the logistics.”

Government figures estimate that around 80,000 refugees could be taken in and Foreign Secretary Anne Rabbittee said over the weekend that Ireland could potentially take in around 100,000.

Currently, the Government has plans to house refugees without family or friends here in hotels or even to build modular homes on State land in the event of a “significant” number. tell”.

It is understood that the Government will provide Ukrainian refugees with a PPS number and access to government services and supports.

They will receive income support such as Supplemental Allowance and child allowance will be paid to parents and guardians.

Department of Justice and Social Protection officials will be at Dublin Airport to assist the refugees.

In recent years, HSE has indicated plans to sell part of Baggot St hospital to convert it into an office, hotel or apartment and use the funds for a new primary care centre.

Cllr Lacey is participating in the Dublin-mid Leinster HSE regional health forum and will raise the issue at the group’s meeting next week.

“The [HSE] Cllr Lacey said.

“It’s there, I guess it has a kitchen, it has a ward, it has a room. It can certainly be used as an instant resource.

“It just lay idle and this is a ready-to-use tool.”

He said he has been contacted by voters who have called for the hospital to be used as a center for refugees and have provided their own services, including disaster relief. artist and decorator.

Farrell O’Boyle of the Ballsbridge Lions Club says the club is ready to organize fundraisers and donate to the hospital if needed.

Publican Mick Quinn says the local community is ready to do whatever it takes to make the hospital ready to welcome the refugees.

“We’re in the middle of a war, so it has to happen now,” he said.

“All we need is a key to the front door and we’ll take it from there.”

The hospital closed in 1987 after all acute services were transferred to St James’ Hospital, however, it has remained in use by the HSE in recent years but is now vacant.

“It was completely empty for two years,” said Siobhan Cuffe of the Pembroke Road Residents Association.

“It’s downtown and we have a lot of job opportunities around and schools, so it’s a perfect place to bring people in.”

An HSE spokesperson said: “HSE is currently working with the Department of Health and other Government Ministries and agencies to plan and prepare for the health and social care needs of refugees. disaster comes.” Call for conversion of empty Baggot St hospital into accommodation for Ukrainian refugees

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