County Limerick care facility to provide welcome jobs boost

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

A NEW primary care facility which is planned for Kilmallock is expected to create in the region of 70 jobs for the region - an estimated 40 of which will be on a long-term basis.

A NEW primary care facility which is planned for Kilmallock is expected to create in the region of 70 jobs for the region - an estimated 40 of which will be on a long-term basis.

Enright Construction Consultants have confirmed that a planning application is to be lodged for the development of a 27,000 square foot primary care facility in the town.

The facility is to be located on a one acre site at the Kilmallock Business Park adjacent to the existing business premises of Tim Cahill Ltd on the Bruree road. It will be built as part of the HSE’s nationwide primary care initiative, which aims to move many frontline medical services from hospitals to local communities.

Local Businessmen Tim Cahill Snr, who owns the site confirmed that they are delighted to be making this application at this time, which, he said will benefit the town of Kilmallock and the surrounding area, enormously.

“The importance a facility of this type will bring to Kilmallock is very significant, creating over 30 Jobs during construction and an estimated 40 jobs when operational,” said Mr Cahill who is MD of Tim Cahill Ltd.

“The building will be built on a site, which is extremely well located in terms of accessibility and parking and is within easy walking distance from the centre of the town,” he added.

When completed the facility will boast a number of heath-care services including a GP surgery, public health nurse, physiotherapy and occupational therapy clinic, dental surgery together with other complimentary services. There will be a canteen for building users, gymnasium and entrance atrium on the ground floor and sports clinic and consultants suites, on the first floor. A total of 70 car spaces will serve the new centre.

Tim Cahill Ltd are spearheading the project with Dublin based enright Construction Consultants (ecc) as the project managers and in making the application, Mr Cahill said they have received great support and backing from the local community for the project.

The O’Toole Partnership Architects have been engaged to make the application and with a favourable outcome at planning, further contract negotiations with the HSE - who are intended to occupy and run the facility - will continue.