Stephen Donnelly, the Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, has welcomed a statement from the Minister for Health, James Reilly, confirming that progress has been made towards the opening of new primary care centres in Wicklow and Greystones.

“I raised the issue of the overdue primary care centres in Wicklow Town and Greystones directly with the Minister this week. He said progress had been made with Wicklow’s primary care centre since I had last raised this in the Dáil. I understand that the centre is likely to go on site within months, which is great news for the people and health professionals of Wicklow town.

“The primary care centre in Greystones is due to go on site this September, and the Minister told me it was likely to open in early 2014. This had been held up due to the difficulties surrounding the Harbour site but progress is finally being made. I have communicated directly with NAMA on the issue of the Harbour, and believe that progress there is partly as a result of NAMA’s involvement. I will continue to raise these issues with the Minister and with the HSE and NAMA, as appropriate, to ensure that these long promised facilities are finally delivered.”