The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is to invest €80 million in the development of a new medical education facility in Dublin.  The development, which is in the planning process, will create 200 jobs during the construction phase, according to RCSI chief executive Cathal Kelly.

The proposed facility will contain a two-story underground gym, a 600-seat lecture theatre, two surgical simulations centers and a learning center which will span three floors.  The medical education facility will be built on York Street, adjacent to the college’s campus on St Stephen’s Green.  “Subject to planning permission we hope to start construction this year, and have it completed by 2016,” Mr. Kelly said.  He also pointed out that the post-grad surgical simulation center would be one of the largest simulation centers in Britain or Ireland.  It would have a mock operating theatre to allow students to train in a team environment.

During 2013, the college hosted more than 400 alumni from 21 countries for a Gathering event which was held in Dublin.