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Pearse Doherty TD calls for full public investigation into overspend at National Children’s Hospital

17 January, 2019 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has full and public investigation into the overspend on the National Children’s Hospital.

Speaking in the Dáil today Teachta Doherty said;

‘The situation regarding the overrun in terms of the National Children's Hospital is a catastrophic failure of this government and those overseeing the project.

“The explanations given to the health committee were absurd and farcical to tell you the truth.

“We know that the original tender from balm was one hundred and thirty one million euro lower than the nearest competitor. No did nobody in the department raise an issue as to how the tender price came in one hundred and thirty one million lower than what anybody else could build a hospital for.

“I recall Minister Leo Varadkar at the time raising issues in terms of the costs of this and actually suggesting it could come up under cost at one stage.

“Given that we know that there is an overrun of over a billion euro and that could grow further that there is a need for accountability and there is a need for a full, open and transparent public inquiry into how this project has got completely out of control and who is responsible.

“That was public money so will you commit to the government allowing for a full and public investigation into this a complete catastrophe?”


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