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Monday 19 February 2018

St. Senan's cannot be allowed end up like old County Hospital

By Maria Pepper

Wexford's old hospital building.
Wexford's old hospital building.
St. Senan's Hospital.

St. Senan's psychiatric hospital in Enniscorthy could end up like the old county hospital in Wexford if it's not sold, a Wexford councillor has warned.

Cllr. George Lawlor said he was in favour of the hospital being put up for auction recently by the HSE.

'I absolutely agree with the sale of St. Senan's. Anyone who looks at the derelict county hospital will see the HSE's handling of sites like this, he told a Wexford Borough District Council meeting.

Cllr. Lawlor predicted that if the psychiatric hospital was not sold, it would end up being allowed to crumble and turn into an eyesore just like the old Wexford hospital which has been lying empty for decades.

Cllr. Anthony Kelly called for the profit from the sale to be ring-fenced for mental health services.

Cllr. David Hynes said the HSE indicated earlier that they had a use for the St. Senan's building but obviously that information was wrong. 'Now it's up for sale for some bargain hunter to buy it, he said.

The Mayor, Cllr. Frank Staples said that whoever buys St. Senan's, the money from the sale should be spent on mental health facilities.

Cllr. Jim Moore said we don't need another building that's falling down. 'The HSE should maximise the money for the benefit of the community.'

However, the Council should also have a say in how the building is managed by a potential buyer. 'We've had too many situations where developers have come in and bought properties only to let them fall down,' Cllr. Moore added.

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