Anouncement expected on community nursing unit for Tralee

An announcement on the future of a community nursing unit for Tralee is expected in the coming weeks. The Tralee Senior Citizen’s Action Group has met with Minister for Health Mary Harney and according to a spokesperson the Minister was impressed with their presentation. Senior citizens in Tralee have been campaigning for years now to have a community hospital built in the town. Last year the project finally entered the planning stages The proposed development is a 50 bed nursing unit which will be built on a greenfield site located off the Killerisk road. However it encounter objections and the case went to An Board Pleanala, who in December of last year upheld Tralee Town Council’s decision to grant planning permission to the unit. Having gotten past that stage the health service executive is now awaiting a go ahead from Government to advertise for contractors to carry out the work on the unit. Its expected Minister for Health Mary Harney will make an announcement on the unit in the coming weeks.