Sale of land at St Finians is discussed

No decision has been taken on the sale of lands around St Finian’s in Killarney. The Southern Health Board has agreed in principle to the sale of the hospital building, but a formal decision hasn’t been made on that either. The Department of Health is going to sell off hundreds of acres from the country’s biggest psychiatric hospitals to raise funds for the mental health sector.A health board spokeswoman has told Radio Kerry News that they’re liaising with the Department about St Finians. The board accepts that the hospital is over 150 years old and is no longer suited to the needs of its patients. It’ll be closed in the next two or three years and patients will be relocated to other facilities on a phased basis.