Minister for Health and Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris announced at the Wicklow Hospice Foundation dinner on Friday night that the brand new Wicklow Hospice will officially open in January.
Minister Harris also announced he had secured the funding for the running costs of the hospice from his Department. This means they can now commence hiring staff, fitting out the building and preparing to open.
Evanne Cahill thanked the entire community of Wicklow, who have worked tirelessly to raise the much needed funds to make the project possible.
The site, located at Maghermore, will be fully operational by the end of December.
The building and site will be handed over within the next week.
The site was donated by the Columban sisters, with more than €3.5 million being raised by the people of Wicklow for the project, with further funding being provided by the Department of Health to run the hospice.