Minister for Health Mary Harney has hit back at critical comments from the former chairman of the board overseeing the development of the new children's hospital.
Philip Lynch said he resigned from the project due to "fundamental differences" between himself an Ms Harney, including the substantial funding gap for the project as well as planning and design challenges for the site at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.
This evening, the Minister said: "In requesting the resignation of Mr Philip Lynch as chairman, I made it clear that it is not in the remit of the development board to revisit the Government decision taken on the location of the new hospital (on the Mater hospital site) and this is an entirely appropriate constraint on the role of the board and its chairperson.
"The work of the task force, established in 2006, to advise on the optimum location of the proposed new paediatric hospital, concluded that the Mater hospital site was the best adult hospital site for the paediatric hospital.
"The funding mechanism for the new hospital set out at the commencement of the project remains in place."