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FG insists Northgate jobs, Sacred Heart redevelopment on course


Fine Gael insist promises will be delivered on

Edwin McGreal

Fine Gael councillors were taken to task by other councillors on Castlebar Town Council last Thursday over what opposition councillors described as a lack of progress on two big developments in Castlebar town.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced 150 jobs over three years through healthcare company Northgate last November while last June saw the first details of a €11.5 investment in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar, which was officially announced this January.
However at last Thursday’s final ever meeting of Castlebar Town Council, a number of councillors questioned the lack of progress.
“I’m very disappointed to see that there is no planning permission yet before Castlebar Town Councul for the refurbishment of the Sacred Heart Hospital. It is a big issue out there and there was a big fanfare over the announcement yet it has not got to planning stage,” said Cllr Blackie Gavin (Fianna Fáil).
Cllr Michael Kilcoyne (Independent) said in relation to Northgate that ‘I don’t know any industry so long in the planning’ and asked when will jobs arrive and how many.
Cllr Ger Deere (Fine Gael), who is a Parliamentary Secretary for the Taoiseach, said the timescale announced for the Sacred Heart Hospital last January was ‘for the project to be with the design team by May and that’s where it is currently’.
He said Northgate were ‘currently in town looking at two buildings’. Cllr Deere added that ‘in the next week they will be setting up an office for recruitment and there will be 150 jobs over three years’.