The HSE's area manager for Louth and Meath has confirmed that the new Primary Care Centre in Ashbourne will become fully operational by April.
In an answer to a question put to him by Cllr Nick Killian, Dermot Moanaghan said: "It is envisaged the HSE will commence a number of services in the Ashbourne Primary Care Centre situated opposite Dunnes Stores in New Town Centre, in the first quarter of 2013.
"When the building is fully operational there will be over 30 staff working there which will range from full time staff to those who provide outreach consulting services which will include, Public Health Nurse, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychology and Podiarty. South Meath Community Health team and South Meath Mental Health Day Services will aloso operate from this facility."
In a separate question, Killian asked Moanaghan about the future of the HSE's 1.5acre site at Jamestown, Ratoath. The HSE confirmed that there are currently no plans to develop this site.
"During the zoning process of 2001, this land at Jamestown was made available for purchase by the then landowner at a very reasonable price, as the then Health Board wanted to establish a paediatric unit for the ever growing number of children in the area," said Cllr Killian.
"To date, despite constant lobbying of the HSE to develop this fabulous site for a health need for Ratoath, it still lies idle. I will continue to pursue the HSE on the provision of a Primary Care Centre for our village that would include a day centre for local residents in the Dunshaughlin Electoral Area who suffer from dementia, assisting the families of dementia patients looked after in there own homes."