I'd have the same suspicions as a lot of posters about the abilities of the HSE and Dublin City Council to deliver this project unf - - ked up, and the choice of site may well have been influenced initially by constituency nest feathering, but however they've arived at it, with this project on this site, for once they seem to have hit on the optimum solution.
As presented, the proposal appears to be a well planned and well designed structure on a prime urban site adjacent to another major hospital and almost adjacent to the present location of one of the three constituent childrens hospitals that will amalgamate into this new National Childrens Hospital. This tells us that the location is capable of working provided the increases in people movements, including car traffic, are managed.
We can all swap stories of the panic experienced in journeys to hospital with sick children and no single location of hospital will suit everyone, but the core of the centre of the capital city is where the greatest number of transport routes converge, and it is also the heart of the population centre with the greatest density, and these are both compelling reasons to locate a major new national facility of this importance in a place like this.
Maybe DCC will screw up the planning decision and later screw up the traffic management, and maybe the HSE will screw up the funding and the hospital management, but right now the question is: do we have faith in the urban concept, or are we really out-of-towners to the core of our being?