BAM seeks €12m extra costs for hospital work

BAM seeks €12m extra costs for hospital work

The developers of the National Children’s Hospital have submitted claims for additional costs worth some €12m since February.

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Review conflict of interest - Children’s hospital cost overrun

Review conflict of interest - Children’s hospital cost overrun

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.

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Paul Quinn tells PAC he would have been in breach of the law if he told Minister of hospital overspend

Paul Quinn tells PAC he would have been in breach of the law if he told Minister of hospital overspend

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.

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HSE accused of 'making eejits' of Public Accounts Committee over children's hospital

HSE accused of 'making eejits' of Public Accounts Committee over children's hospital

The board of the National Children's Hospital is giving evidence to PAC alongside the HSE.

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Children’s hospital board member to face PAC

Children’s hospital board member to face PAC

The Government’s public representative on the children’s hospital board is set to attend a meeting with TDs today, a month after he didn’t appear at an earlier meeting.

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Ministers’ anger at children's hospital funding overrun

Ministers’ anger at children's hospital funding overrun

Government ministers are highly annoyed at having to sacrifice money from their departments to fund the cost escalation at the National Children’s Hospital, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed.

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Clarity sought on potential conflict of interest over hospital review

Clarity sought on potential conflict of interest over hospital review

The Public Accounts Committee wants immediate clarity over any possible conflict of interest over firm PwC which not only advised health chiefs on the children's hospital, but also completed a review of the project.

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Report into cost children's hospital overspend 'damning indictment' of process, FF leader says

Report into cost children's hospital overspend 'damning indictment' of process, FF leader says

There are growing calls for accountability over the massive children's hospital overspend following the damning PWC report on the handling of the project.

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Harris says he will strengthen governance of children's hospital board

Harris says he will strengthen governance of children's hospital board

The Minister for Health has told an Oireachtas committee that he is willing to do whatever it takes to strengthen the governance of the National Children's Hospital.

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Report into cost overruns at children's hospital identifies 'series of weaknesses'

Report into cost overruns at children's hospital identifies 'series of weaknesses'

The report into cost overruns at the National Children's Hospital has been published by the government.

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PAC meeting on children's hospital delayed until May

PAC meeting on children's hospital delayed until May

A public grilling of the officials in charge of the crisis-hit national children's hospital project will be delayed until mid-May because an independent review of what happened will not be completed on time.

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'No significant savings to be had' that will affect €1.43bn cost of children’s hospital

'No significant savings to be had' that will affect €1.43bn cost of children’s hospital

There are “no significant savings to be had” that will affect the headline €1.43bn cost of the new national children’s hospital, the new project leader told the Oireachtas health committee.

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Children's hospital review will cost 'up to €450,000 plus VAT'

Children's hospital review will cost 'up to €450,000 plus VAT'

The information has emerged on foot of a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin's Jonathan O’Brien who asked Health Minister Simon Harris for the revised cost of the PWC report.

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Top civil servant apologises for any offence but does not recall 'control the mob' comments

Top civil servant apologises for any offence but does not recall 'control the mob' comments

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".

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Senior civil servant apologises after being heard to refer to PAC as 'mob'

Senior civil servant apologises after being heard to refer to PAC as 'mob'

The head of the Department of Public Expenditure has been forced to apologise to a Dáil committee after being heard by the Irish Examiner telling officials before a crunch children's hospital costs grilling its chair "has to control the mob".

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Senior civil servant questioned at Oireachtas committee over hospital costs

Senior civil servant questioned at Oireachtas committee over hospital costs

Robert Watt has been accused by Fianna Fail's Marc Mac Sharry of giving two fingers to the Public Accounts Committee.

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Senior civil servant did not reveal hospital price rise

Senior civil servant did not reveal hospital price rise

The Government’s chief procurement officer has confirmed that he did not inform Minister Paschal Donohoe or his secretary general about the cost escalations at the National Children’s Hospital project, even though he sat on its board.

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Children's hospital board and dept officials to answer more questions on overspend - PAC

Children's hospital board and dept officials to answer more questions on overspend - PAC

The board of the National Children’s Hospital and top Department of Health officials have been recalled to answer further questions on a €450m overspend

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Officials called to answer questions over €450m children's hospital overspend

Officials called to answer questions over €450m children's hospital overspend

The National Children’s Hospital board and top Department of Health officials are to be called to answer further questions on a €450m overspend at the Public Accounts Committee.

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'Not a case of taxpayers' money being wasted': Taoiseach accuses FF of 'spinning yarns' over hospital

'Not a case of taxpayers' money being wasted': Taoiseach accuses FF of 'spinning yarns' over hospital

Minutes from the board of the National Children's Hospital showed the Government's focus was on controlling the message, not the cost, the Dáil has heard.

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Memos which show hospital officials considered gag order on costs is 'not policy of Government' - Minister

Memos which show hospital officials considered gag order on costs is "not policy of Government" - Minister

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.

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Labour party will support motion of no confidence in Harris

Labour party will support motion of no confidence in Harris

Brendan Howlin said that the Government needed to be held to account.

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Children's hospital project 'like a TY student playing with monopoly money'

Children's hospital project 'like a TY student playing with monopoly money'

The national children’s hospital project has been handled “like a TY student playing with monopoly money with the taxpayer picking up the tab” claims the founder of the Blackrock Clinic.

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Simon Harris says re-tendering children's hospital contract 'not an option'

Simon Harris says re-tendering children's hospital contract 'not an option'

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that re-tendering the contract for the National Children's Hospital was not an option.

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Failure to give cost report to PAC ‘deliberate tactic’

Failure to give cost report to PAC ‘deliberate tactic’

Health officials have been accused of failing to provide TDs with a detailed report on the cost of building the National Children’s Hospital before a meeting last week, amid ongoing claims they are delaying access to key information.

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PAC: Senior children's hospital board member legally obliged to inform minister of cost overruns

PAC: Senior children's hospital board member legally obliged to inform minister of cost overruns

The State's independent financial watchdog has confirmed the senior Department of Public Expenditure official who sat on children's hospital boards was legally obliged to tell Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe of cost problems the moment they emerged.

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Multiple project overruns by BAM

Multiple project overruns by BAM

The Government has been asked to explain why the same construction company has been involved in cost overruns for major projects in Dublin and Cork.

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Donohoe: Spending ‘re-profiling’ won’t delay major projects

Donohoe: Spending ‘re-profiling’ won’t delay major projects

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has continued to claim that “no major projects will be delayed” and no promised services will be cut due to the children’s hospital financial black hole, despite opposition anger over €99m in spending “re-profiling”.

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Govt accused of hiding true scale of €99m cutbacks caused by children's hospital crisis

Govt accused of hiding true scale of €99m cutbacks caused by children's hospital crisis

The Government has been accused of deliberately hiding the true scale of the €99m capital projects budget cutbacks caused by the children's hospital crisis after failing to detail the exact areas now on the chopping block.

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Fianna Fáil calls for further powers for Comptroller and Auditor General

Fianna Fáil calls for further powers for Comptroller and Auditor General

The call follows the huge overspend on the National Children’s Hospital.

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'It would never be my intention to mislead this House': Harris apology over hospital cost

'It would never be my intention to mislead this House': Harris apology over hospital cost

It took Health Minister Simon Harris less than four minutes to explain himself.

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Govt sets out projects impacted by €99m expenditure review in light of children's hospital overspend

Govt sets out projects impacted by €99m expenditure review in light of children's hospital overspend

The Minister for Finance has revealed how €99m is to be deferred from other public expenditure projects this year as a result of the children's hospital overspend.

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€3m to be cut from flood relief schemes after children's hospital overrun

€3m to be cut from flood relief schemes after children's hospital overrun

Flood relief schemes valued at €3m will be cut and delayed to help pay for the overrun for the national children's hospital, OPW Minister Kevin Boxer Moran has said.

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Taoiseach: There are 'one or two companies' I'd like to ban from public service contracts

Taoiseach: There are 'one or two companies' I'd like to ban from public service contracts

The Taoiseach has said there are "one or two companies" that he would like to ban from ever getting a public service contract again.

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'I sincerely apologise to the House': Simon Harris on children's hospital

'I sincerely apologise to the House': Simon Harris on children's hospital

Latest: Simon Harris has addressed the Dáil and apologised for not answering a question on the children's hospital "more fully" when asked last September.

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Ross only interested 'in projects close to his heart' claims FF spokesperson

Ross only interested 'in projects close to his heart' claims FF spokesperson

Fianna Fáil’s transport spokesperson Robert Troy said he was very concerned that there was going to be more reduced expenditure by the Department of Transport.

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Calleary: FF will not support 'sham' motion of no confidence in Simon Harris

Calleary: FF will not support 'sham' motion of no confidence in Simon Harris

Fianna Fáil’s deputy leader Dara Calleary says his party will not be supporting Sinn Féin’s “sham” motion of no confidence in the Minister for Health Simon Harris in the Dáil later today.

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 'This is a stunt': Coveney says no confident motion in Harris has 'no chance' of passing

'This is a stunt': Coveney says no confident motion in Harris has 'no chance' of passing

The Tánaiste says a motion of no confidence in Simon Harris has "no chance" of passing.

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Halligan: 'You don’t go to the home of a politician inflicting pain on their family'

Halligan: 'You don’t go to the home of a politician inflicting pain on their family'

Minister of State John Halligan has described as “grossly unfair and unnecessary” the protest on Sunday outside the home of Minister for Health Simon Harris.

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Claims national children’s hospital board is hiding findings of 11 audits

Claims national children’s hospital board is hiding findings of 11 audits

The national children’s hospital board has been accused of hiding the findings of 11 more reviews and audits of the ballooning project’s financial controls and governance after refusing to immediately release the records.

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Cost over-runs: Pattern to the progress of children’s hospital fiasco is painfully familiar

Cost over-runs: Pattern to the progress of children’s hospital fiasco is painfully familiar

Over the past 20 years there have been repeated examples of major capital project overruns. But has anything been learned from both these and the current National Children’s Hospital fiasco to warrant confidence that they can be prevented in future?, asks Caroline O’Doherty.

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Auditors of National Children’s Hospital have a conflict of interest

Auditors of National Children’s Hospital have a conflict of interest

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) should be removed as the team investigating the cost overruns at the National Children’s Hospital as they have a conflict of interest and cannot conduct an objective investigation given their long-standing relationship with BAM, the major contractor for the construction of the hospital. They are also regularly paid as consultants for the HSE.

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Independent Alliance seeks meeting with Taoiseach over hospital costs

Independent Alliance seeks meeting with Taoiseach over hospital costs

The Independent Alliance has sought a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the cost escalations at the Children's Hospital and the ongoing nurses' strike.

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Sinn Féin threatens no confidence motion in Harris over rising hospital costs

Sinn Féin threatens no confidence motion in Harris over rising hospital costs

Mary Lou McDonald has written to Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin asking whether he has confidence in Mr Harris.

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Harris told of escalating costs of children's hospital in August

Harris told of escalating costs of children's hospital in August

Officials in the Department of Health tried to warn Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe about escalating costs at the national children’s hospital weeks before the budget, newly released documents reveal.

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Hospital finances fiasco puts a dent in FG’s economic credibility

Hospital finances fiasco puts a dent in FG’s economic credibility

A coach and four has been driven through the image of fiscal virtue carefully constructed by the Taoiseach with the able assistance of his minister for finance.

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Harris told of extra €191m children's hospital costs in August, memo shows

Harris told of extra €191m children's hospital costs in August, memo shows

The Minister for Health Simon Harris was made aware of an overspend at the new National Children's Hospital in August last year, according to an internal memo.

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Officials knew of spiralling hospital costs in September but no reason to discuss before Budget, says Minister

Officials knew of spiralling hospital costs in September but no reason to discuss before Budget, says Minister

The Finance Minister has suggested there was no reason to ask about the cost of the National Children's Hospital ahead of the Budget.

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Head of Department of Public Expenditure called to appear before PAC over hospital costs

Head of Department of Public Expenditure called to appear before PAC over hospital costs

The Public Accounts Committee will ask the head of the Department of Public Expenditure as well as one of its top officials to answer questions about the spiralling costs for the national children's hospital.

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Donohoe denies discussing cost overruns at children's hospital ahead of Budget

Donohoe denies discussing cost overruns at children's hospital ahead of Budget

The Finance Minister has claimed he only discussed overruns in current expenditure in Health ahead of the Budget and there was no talk around the spiralling cost of the National Children's Hospital.

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Harris stands by 'reasonable' €1.4bn spend on children's hospital

Harris stands by 'reasonable' €1.4bn spend on children's hospital

Health Minister Simon Harris has blamed design elements for the spiralling costs of the national children's hospital and pledged to use the “full rigour of the law” to pursue those responsible for the huge bill.

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Children’s hospital overrun: Key ministers on thin line between being characterised as fools or knaves

Children’s hospital overrun: Key ministers on thin line between being characterised as fools or knaves

THE single issue arising for the Government from the nurses’ strike and the rolling debacle of the National Children’s Hospital is competence, writes Gerard Howlin.

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€700k spent on reviews into children's hospital governance and financial controls; New hospital head announced

€700k spent on reviews into children's hospital governance and financial controls; New hospital head announced

Government and national children's hospital officials have spent almost €700,000 on internal and external consultancy reviews of the projects' governance and financial controls in the past two years.

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New terms of reference for probe into hospital cost overruns will aim to make individuals accountable

New terms of reference for probe into hospital cost overruns will aim to make individuals accountable

The new terms of reference for the investigation into the overruns at the National Children's Hospital will aim to find accountability from key parties, Newstalk have reported.

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Could a civil servant have alerted Simon Harris of cost overruns?

Could a civil servant have alerted Simon Harris of cost overruns?

Department of Expenditure and Reform’s Code of Practice seems to be at odds with Department of Finance policy, writes Catherine Shanahan

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Hospital inquiry ‘to name and shame’

Hospital inquiry ‘to name and shame’

An inquiry into spiralling costs for the national children’s hospital will have the ability to blame individuals, the Government has announced after a forced U-turn on terms for the probe.

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A tide that lifts all boats: Accountability move welcome

A tide that lifts all boats: Accountability move welcome

There is hardly an issue in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s in-tray that, no matter how circuitous the route, cannot be traced back to a failure of accountability.

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Taoiseach says review into children's hospital will allow for individual accountability

Taoiseach says review into children's hospital will allow for individual accountability

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that an independent review into the overspend at the new national children's hospital will now allow for individuals to be held responsible.

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Chair of Children's Hospital development board Tom Costello resigns

Chair of Children's Hospital development board Tom Costello resigns

The Chair of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board Tom Costello has announced his resignation this morning.

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Children’s Hospital review ‘will not assign blame’

Children’s Hospital review ‘will not assign blame’

No-one involved in delivering the most expensive capital health project in the history of the State will be held personally responsible for the financial fiasco it has become, according to the terms of reference of an expert review.

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