Decision due on Kildare multi-million euro cancer clinic

First of it's kind in Ireland

Paula Campbell

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Decision due on Kildare multi-million euro cancer clinic

The gates of Magee Barracks

A decision was due yesterday, Monday November 5 on the future of a proposed multi-million euro cancer clinic in Kildare town.


The pioneering new proton treatment clinic proposed at the former Magee Barracks could generate over 100 jobs and €100m for local economy if given the go ahead.

Major changes were planned for the country’s first ever cancer proton clinic after a recent further information was requested from the council.

The plans were initially lodged on February 14 and a decision was due by April 10, but this had now been extended to allow the response to the request.

The local authority asked the developer to re-advertise the project indicating the proposed changes. It suggested that proposed changes to the floor space of the clinic, the boundaries, the entrance, car parking, internal road layout, relocation of a pedestrian link and revised traffic impact statement should be included.

In its original application submitted last February, Lonadale Limited said it wanted to demolish six existing buildings at the Magee Barracks site on Hospital Street to make way for the clinic over three storeys, covering 3,555sqm on a 2.5 hectares.

The proposal includes landscaped areas of open space, including a variety of gardens and 80 car parking spaces. A new signalised road junction was planned at the entrance at Hospital Street, as well as pedestrian crossings, upgrades to footpaths, and road markings.

It’s understood the centre would be similar to Proton Partner’s Rutherford Cancer Centre, North East, at Bedlington, Northumberland.

The therapy uses a high-energy beam of protons rather than X-rays to deliver radiotherapy for patients, reducing the risk of damage to the surrounding healthy tissues. At the time of going to print, the decision was not yet available from Kildare County Council. A housing development was previously refused at Magee Barracks.