Tánaiste: Govt not using 'magic money' to pay for children's hospital overruns

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted “magic money” is not being used to pay for overruns for the children's hospital while pledging that cash will be found to fund the project.

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TD claims National Children's Hospital cost could 'balloon' to €2bn

Social Democrats co-leader Roisin Shortall has said that she believes the cost of building the National Children's Hospital will eventually reach €2bn.

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€1m paid to publicists for National Children’s Hospital

€1m paid to publicists for National Children’s Hospital

More than €1m has been paid to a communications company managing publicity for the National Children’s Hospital, it has emerged.

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Additional children's hospital costs could run to 'tens of millions'

Further cost overruns during the development of the national children’s hospital are "highly likely", an Oireachtas committee has been told.

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Inflation could lead to higher costs at children's hospital

The Chair of the board overseeing the new National Children's Hospital is warning the project's costs could rise even further.

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Construction begins on building frame of children's hospital

The building frame of the new National Children's Hospital is now under construction as controversy continues over the projected cost of the project.

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Cost of building children’s hospital rises by €450m

Construction work on the facility in Dublin is progressing well, the chairman of the oversight board handling the project said.

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SF: Siting of private clinic at National Children's Hospital a sign of 'creeping privatisation' of healthcare

A Sinn Féin TD has said a lot of people will be angry over the news that a private clinic will be built on the site of the new National Children's Hospital in Dublin.

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'Breathtaking conflict of interest': Anger as PwC 'paid twice for the same job'

Public Accounts Committee members blasted the use of the firm to advise health chiefs about the build and then to later assess problems over escalating costs for the project.

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Watch: Mick Wallace calls hospital costs scandal ‘a f**king joke’

The children’s hospital crisis and revelations the project will cost at least €1.7bn has been branded “a fucking joke” by a TD during a Dáil debate which has led to yet more questions over the future of the facility.

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Govt 'mismanagement' of National Children's Hospital 'beggars belief', says Micheál Martin

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Simon Harris of not being on top of the Health brief.

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Maternity hospital needed alongside new children's hospital to avoid 'catastrophe', PAC will be told

Failure to construct a maternity hospital alongside the new €1.7bn children's hospital on the St James's Hospital (SJH) campus in Dublin would “be a financial and medical catastrophe”.

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Simon Harris blames professional advisory firms for children's hospital cost overruns

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.

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No sanction over children’s hospital overspend

No children’s hospital officials will be sanctioned or removed due to the project’s runaway costs, despite warnings that the final cost could top €2bn.

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Children’s hospital costs ‘will top €2bn’

PwC report says contractors had more expertise than State officials

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How we got to €1.73bn for a children’s hospital — and how the cost may rise further

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.

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Children’s hospital project director to leave role

John Pollock will vacate his post at the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board in June.

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Fred Barry to be questioned on spiralling cost of National Children's Hospital

The head of the board that oversees the building of the National Children's Hospital will be questioned by TDs and Senators later about the project's spiralling cost.

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Government urged to not accept 'guesstimates' on final costs of State projects

The deepening children's hospital financial crisis means the Government should no longer accept "guesstimates" on final costs of State projects, senior officials have said.

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Fees paid to consultancy firms to be linked to performance standards in series of reforms

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.

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Varadkar says Govt handling of National Children's Hospital is 'quite a debacle'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described his own government's mishandling of the National Children's Hospital as a “debacle”.

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Civil servant who failed to reveal children's hospital budget crisis to snub PAC grilling

The senior civil servant who Government says failed to reveal the children's hospital budget crisis, despite sitting on its board, will snub a planned public grilling on the scandal.

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Readers' Blog: 'World-class' hospital overspend put into local perspective

To put the much-hyped world class Childrens’ hospital overspend and wastage into perspective, all one has to do is a simple sum.

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Varadkar: 'Scandalous' that the Government and agents 'got it so wrong' on cost of children's hospital

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was admitted that it is “scandalous” that the Government and its agents “got it so wrong” in terms of the cost of the national children’s hospital.

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Chief Procurement Officer did not inform Donohoe of cost escalations at children's hospital

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.

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National Children’s Hospital must be Simon Harris’s last mistake

Far from being an isolated incident, this is just the latest in a series of scandals, mistakes, and failures in the Health Department, writes Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien

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Simon Harris: National Children's Hospital overspend not a scandal

The Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will make sure no money is wasted in the delivery of the National Children's Hospital.

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Files show children's hospital cost overrun would have happened with other bidders

New documents show questions about whether the State could afford the new National Children's Hospital were raised by one of the boards responsible for building it.

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Secret plan to manage hospital fallout made last August

Efforts to clampdown on and control negative publicity around the spiralling costs of the National Children’s Hospital began last August, when the scale of the overrun became apparent to those responsible for delivering it.

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BAM invited before Oireachtas Committee to answer questions on Children's Hospital

Construction company BAM has been invited before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions on the new National Children's Hospital.

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PAC chair wants to quiz BAM on children's hospital costs

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee wants BAM to appear before them to answer questions on the rising cost of the National Children’s Hospital.

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Asleep at the wheel on public projects

Revamp the Department of Public Expenditure and re-establish it as a separate entity to give it real teeth to rein in overspending, says Kyran Fiztgerald

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Real culprit of children’s hospital debacle is the tender process

Human beings know which side their bread is buttered on, and they rarely slap that butter side down on a dirty floor, writes Terry Prone

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Róisín Shortall: BAM move an opportunity to re-examine children's hospital costings for other sites

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.

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Children’s hospital builder may get millions if ousted

The taxpayer could be forced to pay substantial penalties to the construction firm at the centre of the children’s hospital costs crisis if it is asked to leave the project.

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Latest: Call to halt works at National Children's Hospital site as contractor offers to 'opt out'

The company contracted to build the National Children's Hospital has offered to opt out of the contract if the hospital board wishes for it to re-tender for it.

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Health officials accused of failing to provide detailed report on costs of children's hospital

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.

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Government rejects claim that big money could be saved at new hospital

Independent TD Mick Wallace told the Dáil that cancelling the current deal would make financial sense in the long term.

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Taoiseach asked to correct Dáil record over 'misleading' remarks on hospital cost overruns

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been asked to correct the Dáil record after previously claiming that a senior official was not obliged to tell the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe of rising costs for the children's hospital.

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Government 'will not be found wanting' following results of National Children's Hospital costs review

The Health Minister says the government will not be found wanting when it comes to finding out who is responsible for the overrun at the National Children's Hospital.

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Taoiseach denies breaching 'Constitutional duty' to inform Dáil of government spending

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has denied breaching his “Constitutional duty” to inform the Dáil of government spending this year-despite knowing of overruns for the €1.4bn children's hospital.

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'There's no room to lay down a pallet ...': Tom Parlon hits back at Taoiseach over children's hospital

The head of the Construction Industry Federation, Tom Parlon, claims it is “very wrong” for the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to say that contractors are at fault for the escalating cost of the National Children’s Hospital.

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Paschal Donohoe: 'Something went very wrong' with children's hospital tender process

Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has acknowledged that “something went very wrong” with the tendering process for theNational Children’s Hospital.

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Sinn Féin claims meetings reveal existence of sub-committees within sub-committees at National Children's Hospital

Fianna Fáil is insisting that more needs to be known about the effects of the overspend for the new National Children's Hospital.

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Children’s hospital board knew of €95m overrun in June

Children’s hospital officials knew the cost of the facility was already €95m over-budget in early June 2018 and discussed the potential need for a “contingency” cost containment plan almost a year earlier.

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Public spending inquiry bill: Too many holes

The debate on Fianna Fail’s bill to give the Comptroller and Auditor General powers to investigate the financial management of infrastructure projects is timely given the monumental failings evident in the National Children’s Hospital.

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Government to sign off on €100m budget cuts to pay for hospital as country faces fallout

Commuters, patients, farmers, and schools are bracing themselves for a potentially damaging fallout from the children’s hospital crisis as the Government today signs off on €100m of capital budget cuts to bring the scandal under control.

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We need a project management team to handle major capital works

When all is said and done it’s the way we go about procuring capital projects that is the problem, says Fergus Finlay.

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Concerns jobs at children's hospital satellite centre will not be filled in time for July opening

10 out of 13 consultant positions have been filled at the new national children's hospital satellite centre in Blanchardstown Dublin.

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Eddie Hobbs: Government lost in dark ages of obduracy and secrecy

Throwing money at a crisis is no longer acceptable in Ireland. Eddie Hobbs says it is time for the Government to catch up with the values of its people.

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Simon Harris to apologise over information about children’s hospital cost

The opposition has called for the health minister to resign after his department’s memos from August 2018 showed a 391 million euro overrun.

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Children's hospital cost to impact OPW projects

Government seeking to make up for building cost over-run

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Minutes show mounting fears over soaring children's hospital price tag

Children’s Hospital Project and Programme Steering Group minutes show growing concerns over escalating costs of New Children’s Hospital. An average of three to four Department of Health officials attended each steering group meeting, along with representatives from the HSE and Children’s Hospital Ireland (CHI) group representatives, writes Health Correspondent Catherine Shanahan

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Devil in the details casts poor light on Simon Harris

Everybody was kept in the dark while Mr Harris and officials donned white coats and went into a laboratory to do some crystallising., writes Michael Clifford

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How much taxpayers’ money is it acceptable to waste?

If we are to believe the narrative, Health Minister Simon Harris saw it as prudent to wait until after the budget to inform the Finance Minister of a massive bill related to the children’s hospital which was coming down the tracks, writes Elaine Loughlin, Political Correspondent

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Tánaiste: Simon Harris 'wanted complete information' about children's hospital costs before consulting Govt

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Education and Skills, Thomas Byrne has claimed that Minister for Health Simon Harris has “clearly misled” Fianna Fáil and the Dáil.

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Taoiseach has total confidence in Simon Harris amid calls for resignation

The Taoiseach has said he has total confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris.

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Politicians should focus on nurses' strike and not children's hospital, says leading oncologists

One of the country’s leading oncologists is calling on politicians to “put the national children’s hospital aside” until there is a full report and instead to focus on finding a solution to the nurses strike.

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Health officials knew of Children's Hospital overrun a month before Budget

Health officials were told in September last year - a month before the Budget - of a possible €400m overrun at the National Children's Hospital.

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Top Public Expenditure officials to be quizzed on spiralling costs of children's hospital

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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