Site of former St Joseph's Hospital PICTURE: David Hawgood (Creative Commons)
CHILDREN and family services in Limerick have received a €5.4m boost as Tusla has been given the go-ahead for a brand new facility in the city.
Tusla services, including social work, fostering, family support, child protection, are currently dispersed at different locations around the region, but will all operate from the St Joseph's Health Campus on Mulgrave Street.
Announcing the news this Monday morning, Senator Maria Byrne said Tusla will carry out refurbishment and extension of a disused building at the campus.
Construction work will commence this May and is expected to be completed by July 2020.
“This is a great and vital development for Limerick. I want to particularly thank Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone for helping with this and most importantly, the approval of €5.4m funding, to allow the project proceed,” Sen Byrne said.
"This project will allow one single point of access to children, families and relevant agencies who use Tusla services.
“Our children and youth are our greatest asset and it is important that those who need it should be afforded the right supports and structures from the State. This new facility will be a further enhancement of what is happening here in Limerick. It is also further evidence of the capital funding which this Fine-led Government is prioritising for Limerick,” the Government senator said this Monday morning.