Another chance to remind the Taoiseach about the commitment in the Programme for Government for a new Emergency Department in Beaumont Hospital.
Deputy Seán Haughey: There is a commitment in the programme for Government for a new Emergency Department in Beaumont Hospital in North Dublin. The hospital opened in 1987, 30 years ago, and there has been no major investment during that time. It is operating at maximum capacity. That area has a large elderly population and a large growing population. Has the HSE capital programme for 2017 been drafted? Have Ministers seen it? Is this project part of that capital programme and when will this long-promised project go ahead?
The Taoiseach: The HSE has approval for 2017, which the Minister has accepted. I cannot advise in detail on the proposition for a new emergency department at Beaumont Hospital but I will ask the Minister to respond directly to Deputy Haughey.