Capital projects facing delay due to cost overrun must be identified – Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader in the Dáil Pearse Doherty TD has urged the government to immediately inform the public as to what projects are going to be cut or delayed as a result of the National Children’s Hospital cost overrun.
Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, Teachta Doherty said:
“Yesterday’s revelations regarding of rising costs to construct the National Children’s Hospital are cause for considerable public concern.
“This is a project that was costed at €790 million in 2013, at €983 million in April 2017, and which we were told had a ‘Guaranteed Maximum Price’ of €1.4 billion in December.
“We now know that there has been a considerable amount of claims from the contractor for additional money, as well for extensions of time that will undoubtedly push the price higher than the so-called ‘Guaranteed Maximum Price’.
“We are also told that the project is facing the risk of delays in meeting important milestones - delays that would add around €10 million to the cost for every month it runs over.
“This is very concerning and demands a robust response from the government and the Minister for Health. There needs to be a plan put in place to ensure these costs are controlled.
“There is very real concern in communities across the State about how this going to impact on them and on commitments made to fund other projects that are badly needed.
“This is an issue in Cork in relation to the proposed paediatric unit at CUH and the commitment for an MRI scanner at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
"Clarification is also need on the second Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford, proposed ward upgrades in Cavan as well as the investment in community hospitals in my own constituency of Donegal.
“People need to get a straight answer as to what projects are going to be cut and delayed as a result of the cost overrun.”