Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been urged to "guarantee" the cost of the new children's hospital will not exceed €2bn after the project's board admitted the full price will not be known until construction work is completed.
Health Minister Simon Harris has steered clear of criticising the main oversight bodies involved in the new children’s hospital project for massive cost overruns - instead pointing the finger of blame at professional advisory firms.
It is estimated that a further €293m will be needed for the National Children’s Hospital's completion, bringing the total cost to almost €1.73bn, with PwC saying that, unless a number of ‘risk areas’ are addressed, the price could shoot up further.
Fees paid to consultancy firms hired to advise the government on high profile projects will be linked to clear performance standards in a series of reforms to strengthen management of capital projects.
The Government's Chief Procurement Officer has confirmed he did not inform Minister Paschal Donohoe or his Secretary General about the cost escalations at the Children's Hospital, even though he sat on its board.
Social Democrats' co-leader Róisín Shortall says BAM's offer to pull back from its contract to build the National Children's Hospital, if asked to do so, is an opportunity for the Government to look again at their plans and costings.
Health officials have been accused of failing to provide TDs with a detailed report on the children's hospital costs before a meeting last week amid ongoing claims they are delaying access to key information.