Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said that serious questions need to be answered by the Minister for Health and National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) in relation to the way contracts for engineering and design of the new €650 million Children's Hospital at the St James's Hospital site have been awarded.
The latest revelation, in the Mail on Sunday at the weekend, that there were question marks over the awarding of the mechanical and electrical engineering contract, follows questions as how the contract for the architectural works was granted to the company who submitted the flawed plans for the original Mater site.
Responding to the latest news Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Once again there seems to be chaos, incompetence or worse in the public tendering process. Given the history of this project I find it incredible that simple procedural processes such as a public tendering seem to open to question. This must be got right to ensure there are no additional costs or delays in delivering this much needed, and long-awaited, National Paediatric Hospital.
“In order for this to be the case, the Minister must step in and ask the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) to substantively address any criticisms and flaws that existed in the original tendering process for contracts and, if needs be, start the tendering process again.”