Following the announcement that cash was to be found for the new children’s hospital, a string of responses came to the News Letter from across the political spectrum.
The UUP’s health spokesman Roy Beggs said: “A new children’s hospital is badly needed and the entire community will obviously welcome news that the money has been found.”
Tim Attwood weighed in with the SDLP’s reaction, saying that “the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children has fallen into disrepair over the past number of years”.
He added in a statement: “Staff at the hospital are currently doing an outstanding job in a less than ideal working environment.
“They must be commended for their dedication and professionalism.
“The time has come, however, for a state of the art facility that can best serve the needs of sick children.”
The Alliance Party was similarly supportive of the move, with its health spokesman Kieran McCarthy saying: “This has been a long running saga, so I am pleased that this project has been given the go ahead after so many delays.
“The current facilities are not adequate for the 21st century.
“I hope that with such a large amount of funding, this new hospital will become a world leader for the provision of health services for children.”
And Paul Maskey, Sinn Fein MP for West Belfast, said in a statement: “This announcement we hope will see a state of the art facility that patients will benefit from, creating employment in not just construction and medical services but also boosting the local economy in west Belfast.”