The Cabinet has today signed-off on the plan for the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent's University Hospital campus.

The National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street was established in 1894 and it has taken a long time and much controversy to get here.

Here is a timeline of key events in ongoing plans:

2013: Dr James Reilly as minister for health launches government plans for new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent’s campus.

Holles Street is an outdated and unsuitable facility physically. The new facility is expected to cost €150m.

2013-2016: Questions raised about the clinical, operational and financial independence of the new hospital.

2017: Kieran Mulvey Agreement involving all key parties published on how the project will operate.

2017: Planning application lodged for the new hospital.

Dr Peter Boylan, former master of Holles Street, resigns from the board due to concerns about the influence of the Religious Sisters of Charity on the planned new facility.

Religious Sisters of Charity announce they are to end their direct role in the St Vincent’s Hospital Group.

An Bord Pleanála grants planning permission for the new hospital with 244 beds. It is expected now to cost €300m.

2022: Religious Sisters of Charity say they have transferred their shares to St Vincent’s Holdings CLG.

Cabinet pauses a decision to green light the new project so that all documents can be published and debated in the Dáil by politicians and the public.

Queries raised as to why the new hospital is not to be on land owned by the State and the meaning of 'clinically appropriate' in the documents relating to the care at the new facility.

Oireachtas Health Committee hears from Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Dr Boylan and legal experts and St Vincent’s University Hospital Group.

Minister Donnelly says all legally possible services will be provided at the new facility and there can be no religious involvement. It is now expected to cost around €800m.

Dr Boylan says that the land should be owned by the State and that abortion is not compatible with the charity's values.

He also asks for all correspondence between Ireland and Rome be published.

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group tells Oireachtas Health Committee it is entirely secular and that it has to own the land on which the hospital is built in order to protect patients and for site operational reasons.

It says the Religious Sisters of Charity transferred their shares without any conditions requiring the practice of any Catholic ethics or religious ethos.

Today, 17 May 2022: The Cabinet agrees the legal framework to allow the new National Maternity Hospital to relocate to a site beside St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.