Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the HSE that the former St Felim’s Hospital building will be put on the market but that it’s not expected to go up for sale in 2019.
Commenting, Deputy Smyth says, “I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are worried about the sale of this building. They have raised the historical importance of this building within the county and they have also queried what will happen to the graveyard on site if this building is sold.”
“The HSE has advised me that the hospital and gatelodge are listed on the Record of Protected Structures in Cavan County Council’s Development Plan 2014-2020. I’ve been advised that ahead of the sale of this building the deeds need to be regularised. I’ve been advised that the relevant documentation has been sent to the Property Registration Authority (PRA) to regularise the title of St Felim’s Hospital and that when this process has concluded the building will be put on the market.”
“I have been informed by the HSE that this could take another 12 months to complete. The HSE have said that the graveyard at the site will be carefully managed and handled in the event of a sale.”
Deputy Smyth concluded, “I am calling on all stakeholders involved in this process to have some forward thinking in relation to this historical building and to ensure that it’s kept in local ownership where perhaps one day it can be open to the public again. We cannot allow this building fall further into a dilapidated state, however we cannot allow a vital piece of our heritage to be offloaded of without some transparency and consultation from the HSE. ”
Deputy Smyth concluded, “I am also calling for clarity from the HSE as to what they mean when they say the graveyard which is on this site will be ‘managed and handled’ in the event of any sale.”
Please find the latest Parliamentary reply attached. PQ 47862-18 Niamh Smyth St Felim’s Old Hospital, Cavan