Carol Nolan TD

Construction of Birr Primary Care Centre set to commence in March

Carol Nolan TD

– February 28 2024

Independent TD for Laois Offaly Carol Nolan has welcomed confirmation from Joseph Ruane Head of Service Primary Care CHO8, that construction of Birr Primary Care Centre is set to commence in March.

Deputy Nolan was speaking after Mr Ruane conformed to her that there is an expected construction duration of approximately 18 months followed by commissioning and equipping. The Birr Primary Care Centre is expected to be operational from Q1 2026:

“This is excellent news, and I am delighted that at long last we have a start date for the construction of this badly needed service for Birr and the surrounding areas,” said Deputy Nolan.

“I am still engaging with the Chief Officer of the Midlands Louth Meath Community Health Organisation, and the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, to ensure that staffing positions for the new Primary Care Centre (PCC) in Birr are filled prior to its anticipated opening in Q1 2026.”

“We are all aware of the recruitment and retention crisis within the HSE and that is why I remain concerned because the Birr Primary Care Centre is also expected to cater for Speech & Language Therapy in addition to Public Health, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Dental and Mental Health services.”

“I have been working continuously on this issue since 2021 to ensure that Birr and the surrounding communities get the Primary Care Centre they deserve,” Deputy Nolan concluded.