Minister McConalogue welcomes the HSE’s Capital Plan of over €23m for Donegal for 2022

Photo Caption: Minister McConalogue and Cllr Canning visiting the Newtowncunnigham Primary Care Centre recently which has received €1.04m in 2022 funding

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Donegal TD, Charlie McConalogue  today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Health Donnelly of the approval of the Health Service Executive’s Capital Plan for Donegal for 2022, which outlines the strategic priorities for the Health Investment Programme and commits over €23m in funding for County Donegal.


Commenting on the announcement, Minister McConalogue said “I welcome the announcement of €23m for Donegal’s healthcare projects right throughout the County for 2022. Continued investment in our health care is essential and this funding is being directed at primary health care services and community services.  Included in the funding for 2022 is €12m for an 80 bed unit to replace the Shiel and the Rock in Ballyshannon, €1.8m for the refurbishment of Cardonagh Community Hospital, €1.33m for refurbishment of Buncrana CNU, €1.4m for the new Newtowncunnigham Primary Care Centre and supports for St Joseph’s Hospital and LUH.”

The 2022 Capital Plan reiterates the Government’s commitment to investing in our health and social care service. The plan builds on the Government’s core priorities of access, affordability and quality in healthcare by supporting the delivery of strategic reform, a move towards better care in the community and building on the learnings and innovative changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This investment will enable the HSE to progress projects in 2022, including many important projects throughout County Donegal.

Full list of Donegal Projects below

Donegal Ballybofey The provision of an Ambulance Base at St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar, including relocation of Older Persons Services. 0.1
Ballyshannon 80 Bed Community Nursing Unit to replace existing beds at Sheil and the Rock, as per service priority list. 12
Buncrana CNU Refurbishment (To follow Carndonagh) – 30 beds. 1.33
Carndonagh Community Hospital Refurbishment project on 46 No. beds which must be completed in advance of Buncrana. 1.8
Cleary Centre, Donegal Town New Intellectual Disability Adult Day Services facility. 0.1
Donegal Hospice New extension to Donegal Hospice to provide 4 No. bedrooms with family and visitor accommodation. 4 No. existing bedrooms are to be converted for administration and clinical use. Overall bed capacity will remain as existing. Funded by Donegal Hospice. 0.1
Dungloe Community Hospital Refurbishment Project on 33 No. beds which must be completed in advance of Falcarragh. 0.1
Falcarragh CNU Refurbishment (HIQA agreement to follow Dungloe) – 35 beds. 1.45
Letterkenny 110 Bed Community Nursing Unit and Medical Rehabilitation Unit to replace existing beds and address capacity deficit as per Service Priority List (formerly Public Private Partnership). Enabling works 2021. 1.5
St. Cónal’s Refurbishment – fabric upgrade of Block R. 0.05
St. Conal’s Refurbishment incorporating fabric upgrade of blocks G & H. 0.022
Letterkenny General Hospital Acute Mental Health Unit anti ligature works. 0.54
Letterkenny University Hospital Accommodation for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Departments (420sqm). This accommodation is to reinstate accommodation dispersed due to flooding at hospital. 0.1
Boiler replacement. 0.45
Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade: Building from 1980, incorporating phases 2 and 3. Equipment purchase in 2021. 0.5
Extension to Microbiology, Virology and Immunology Laboratories: Provision of capacity for Additional COVID-19 Testing (additional equipment and staff already in place), and bring the Laboratory up to current standards. Note – not upgraded post flooding event. 0.1
Fire Safety Upgrade: Fire alarm upgrade and new emergency lighting system. 1.2
Fire safety works to Medical Ward Block. 0.11
New Aseptic Compounding Unit and the extension and reconfiguration of the existing Oncology Day Unit (increasing from 8 No. treatment spaces to 15 No. spaces). Extension of the existing Haematology and Oncology Day Units. 0.15
Renal Dialysis expansion. Increasing capacity from 14 to 21 No. spaces. 0.3
Replacement of Radiology Department: Replacement following damage in 2013 flood. Includes additional Ultrasound and CT Room plus a multipurpose Intraventional Radiology Suite. Construction contract included upgrade/refurbishment of underground duct (1149h). Project art funded by Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital. 0.04
Newtowncunningham Primary Care Centre – HSE own build – as per 2012 Evaluation/Assessment. (18) 1.04
Ramelton CNU HIQA Compliance – Refurbishment of 30 beds. 0.05
St. Joseph’s, Stranorlar HIQA Compliance – Refurbishment of 67 beds. 0.05
Donegal Total €23.182