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PwC report a litany of damning failures from development board to Minister Harris - Louise O'Reilly TD

9 April, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Following the publication of the PwC report into the cost overrun at the National Children’s Hospital, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said the report is detailed and reinforces Sinn Féin’s analysis of the failures which led to the cost overrun.

Deputy O'Reilly has said that the report also documents a litany of damning failures from development board boardroom to Ministerial office.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The PwC report into the cost overrun at the National Children’s Hospital has just been published – it is lengthy, detailed, and comprehensive and we will continue to assess it in detail.

“However, what the report clearly shows is that this process has been flawed and hamstrung from the beginning and it reinforces Sinn Féin’s analysis of the failures which led to the cost overrun and documents a litany of damning failures from boardroom level to Ministerial office.

“It shows mistakes and failures at every turn of the project and illustrates how the government pursued a risky and untested two-stage procurement strategy, which was known to have grave risks of cost escalation, with its single advantage being a somewhat quicker finish and an opportunity for a Fine Gael minister to cut a ribbon early.

“The report highlights significant issues with governance and oversight and points to the serious matter of non-compliance with The Public Service Spending Code, which requires immediate government investigation.

“While there is much information in the report it raises a lot of questions about the future of the project, and the ability of the development board alongside the Minister for Health to navigate the project through future risks and deliver it within the current expected budget of €1.7bn.

“Unfortunately, these players have all proved time and time again to be unable to navigate risk previously on this project and are responsible for the €450m overrun.

“Indeed, in the classification of cost impacts the report outlines how 65% of the overrun was a result of 'underestimation' and issues which 'should have been identified'. 

“The future delivery of this project within the new parameters needs the oversight and guidance of a Minister who is competent and can manage risk, that person is not Simon Harris and I fear that if he remains in charge of this project that costs will exceed €1.7m and further threaten public finances."

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