New nursing unit gets the go ahead

A section of the St Finan’s Hospital grounds, immediately to the right after this entrance, have been earmarked for development

THE green light has been given for a new community nursing unit and residential care facility in Killarney.

Kerry County Council has granted planning permission, subject to 36 conditions.

As revealed by as far back as 2016, the Health Service Executive was seeking approval for the development of lands within the grounds of the sprawling St Finan’s Hospital complex to build a 10,045sq m community facility.

It will also feature 130 en suite bedrooms which will include 30 rooms for residents with dementia.

The application also outlined plans for dining rooms, kitchenettes, day rooms, a treatment room, hairdressing salon, laundry, an overnight room for families and a visitors’ room.

Killarney Community Hospital will be replaced

Provision was also made for internal courtyards and first floor terraces, kitchens, staff accommodation, office space and parking for 195 vehicles.

The planned development – which will replace the existing community hospital and St Columbanus Home – will have a new access road from Upper Lewis Road to include revised access to the existing HSE facility on site and a revised internal roadway.

Permission had also been sought for the demolition of two existing farm buildings on the site, landscaping, the provision of an ESB substation and a new waste storage area.

The site was previously used by Killarney Celtic FC for their home games, in agreement with the HSE, and it runs alongside a section of the Killarney bypass road.

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