Construction is to begin shortly on a new radiation oncology centre at University Hospital Galway.
The three-storey facility will include seven radiotherapy treatment units, two CT rooms, on-treatment support and ancillary services and administration facilities.
The radiation oncology centre is being built on the site of the former acute mental health units, and work has been taking place over the last 6 months to clear the site, to enable construction to begin.
Chris Kane, general manager of Galway University Hospitals, says this is a hugely important development for cancer patients in the West.
The tender process is currently being concluded, and the contractor will be appointed shortly with construction work expected to take about two years.