Minister of Health, Simon Harris, TD paid a visit to the new CRY Centre just off campus at Tallaght University Hospital on Monday 29th April. Speaking at the visit, Minister Harris said:
“I am delighted to be here today to see the progress of this new state-of-the-art facility that will help to save young lives. It is fantastic to see a unique public and private partnership with the Department of Health, CRY Ireland and Tallaght University Hospital for such an important and worthy cause. My colleague Minister Patrick O’Donovan who has been an active supporter of this great charity, has seen first-hand the devastation caused and the support provided to two families in his own community who lost children to sudden cardiac death. The collaboration represents a powerful partnership of the HSE, Tallaght University Hospital and CRY and will deliver a much needed modern facility for families affected.
The Minister also helped to launch CRY’s fundraising campaign for €880,000.00 to complete the Centre. It will be almost three times the size of the current Centre and will guarantee each patient additional space and privacy. Extra capacity will facilitate more screening, comprehensive evaluation and treatment and the impact of the new centre will eliminate waiting lists within two years to allow further development of services.
The fundraising camapign has already attracted over €350,000, a remarkable response in such a short period. This is above and beyond our current fundraising activity and will require huge support – we cannot do it alone and we warmly welcome support from friends old and new in our ambitious endeavors.