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Unusual funding process for National Children’s Hospital must be further examined – David Cullinane TD

7 March, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane, speaking after today’s Public Accounts Committee meeting with Robert Watt, General Secretary of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, has said the unusual public procurement process used for the National Children’s Hospital needs further scrutiny and that senior Civil Servant Paul Quinn must come before the committee.

Speaking this afternoon Teacha Cullinane said;

“It is incredible that the head of public procurement will not be before the Public Accounts Committee today.

‘I, and my colleagues, spent weeks preparing for this meeting, only to be told late last night that Paul Quinn would not be here today.

“The Mazaars Report, commissioned by the Department of Health, identified a number of potential reasons for the overspend including the unusual procurement process which was put in place by the Department of Health and facilitated by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

“It is also clear that, at the upper echolons of the both departments, the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing.  And the taxpayer is footing the bill for all of this.

“This all underscores the need for Paul Quinn, Head of the Office of Public Procurement, to appear before the Public Accounts Committee as a matter of urgency.

“We need proper oversight, and such tactics of obfuscation will not be accepted by the PAC.”


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