Ireland's data protection watchdog has warned the new National Children's Hospital that if it is considering utilising facial recognition technology in its security systems it would most likely have to conduct an impact assessment first.
Concern has arisen over whether minutes are taken at meetings between the Health Minister and the chair of the board overseeing the state’s biggest, most controversial, infrastructural project, the cost of which jumped €450m last year to €1.433bn.
The chair of the board tasked with overseeing the building of the new national children’s hospital will tell a committee tomorrow that contractor claims “have not had a material impact to date”
A member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called on the Taoiseach and the Government to appraise themselves of what is being spent on the new children’s hospital rather than “just showing up in a hard hat for a photo op”.
The Department of Health has refused to clarify why it did not make a public announcement following the shock resignation of the State’s chief procurement officer, who failed to flag the spiralling costs of the National Children’s Hospital.
The HSE has been accused of making “eejits” out of members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), after it sought to convince them that there was no conflict of interest in the role of consultancy firm, PwC, carrying out a review into the huge cost overruns at the National Children’s Hospital.
The senior civil servant on the board of the National Children's Hospital has told the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee that he did nothing wrong by not telling cabinet ministers about the cost overruns associated with the project.
The Public Accounts Committee is seeking "immediate clarity" in any possible conflict of interest over professional services firm PwC which not only advised health chiefs on the children's hospital but also completed a review of the project.
The Department of Public Expenditure's secretary general has been forced to apologise to a Dáil committee after he told officials before a crunch children's hospital costs meeting that the group's chairman "has to control the mob".
The head of the Department of Public Expenditure has been forced to apologise to a Dáil committee after being heard by thetelling officials before a crunch children's hospital costs grilling its chair "has to control the mob".
The decision by children's hospital officials to consider gagging those involved in the project from talking about cost overruns last August is "not a policy of Government", a senior minister has admitted.
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.