Departments of Public Expenditure and Health to reappear before PAC at request of David Cullinane TD
Today, the Public Accounts Committee agreed to Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane’s request that Paul Quinn of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and officials of the Department of Health appear before the Committee to answer questions on the National Children’s Hospital debacle. He has also called on the Chair of each sub-committee of the Board to attend. This is essential for public accountability.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“I am happy to say that the PAC at my request has agreed to call Paul Quinn, Chief Procurement Officer at DPER, to appear before the Committee.
“Mr. Quinn served on both the Development and both the Finance and Procurement Sub-committees of the hospital, and as such would have been intimately aware of the overruns at the National Children’s hospital, the escalations, and when and where they happened.
“The public need answer on these issues, and Mr. Quinn should be in a position to provide them.
“I am also happy that the Committee agreed to recall the Dept. of Health before the Committee to also answer questions on the children’s hospital.
“I made it clear that I will not be signing off on any periodical report on the Children’s Hospital until the Department addresses the issues that have come to light in recent weeks.
“None of this would have been necessary if the HSE simply made the minutes and reports of the various committees available at the start.
“Instead, information had to be dragged out of them, and after they had appeared at the PAC.
“This is not good enough.
“I look forward to putting questions to the Chief Procurement Officer and to the Department on this issue in light of the information now available, as well as to the chairs of the relevant sub-committees.
“Accountability is a slow and frustrating process in this State, but eventually we will get there.”