New health centre for Newtown
There was good news for the people of Newtownmountkennedy at last week’s meeting of the Eastern Health Board when it was agreed to build a new health centre in the village.
The move comes following a recent visit to the existing centre in Newtown by Health Board officials and members, organised by Board Vice- Chairman Tommy Cullen.
According to Cllr Cullen, one of the gable ends on the 200-year-old building has been threatening to fall onto the street for a long time now, and conditions were ‘uncomfortable’ for the staff members of the health centre, and the patients using it.
He himself proposed a motion to build a new centre at last Thursday night’s meeting of the Eastern Health Board and this was seconded by Cllr Kevin Ryan and agreed by the members.
Priority wil now be given to the project by the board and Cllr Cullen told this newspaper that a planning application should be sent to the county council within the next couple of months.
The development as also welcomed by Cllr Cullen’s Labour Party colleague, Cllr Jimmy O’Shaughnessy, who said that it was ‘good news’ for the residents of the town and surrounding areas, as the old building was in ‘a dangerous condition’ with many people having to travel to other areas to attend health centres because of this.
He thanked Cllrs Cullen and Ryan and the members of the Newtown branch of the Labour Party for their efforts in securing this new centre for the town.