I’m glad to say that I have received confirmation from the HSE that redevelopment work will start on the Bushy Park Addiction Treatment Centre in the first quarter of 2022.

In Dáil Éireann on Tuesday, I asked Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, for a timeline on the project going to tender.

This project has the benefit of full planning permission and will consist of a single story
extension to be added to the main house with additional bedroom accommodation, social
spaces, a kitchen and offices.

The project is currently at pre-tender stage and it's important that approval is granted
without delay to enable the re-development to move forward to tender stage. There is a
noted growing demand for residential addiction spaces and this proposed re-development
is crucial in order to cater for this need.

In response, Jim Curran, HSE National Director Capital and Estates said that the HSE had
been requested to reply directly.

“The redevelopment project of Bushy Park Addiction Centre in Ennis has full planning
permission, the detailed design has been completed and the shortlisting of contractors in
line with national procurement requirements is now complete,” Mr Curran explained.

“Permission to proceed to tender has been granted and we anticipate that the works will
be tendered and contractor appointed in Quarter 1 of 2022. This will allow time for the
decanting of residents into alternative accommodation, which is planned to commence in
the coming months and which is required to allow the works to commence. Funding to
contractually commit to the construction contract has been provided in the HSE capital
plan for the project in 2022,” Mr Curran added.