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Government must ‘get their story straight’ on impact of cost overruns – Jonathan O’Brien TD

27 June, 2019 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin’s deputy spokesperson for Public Expenditure & Reform Jonathan O’Brien TD has called upon the Government to publish the HSE capital plan without further delay.

The plan would give us an indication as to what, if any, capital projects will be cancelled or delayed because of the cost overrun in the National Children’s Hospital.

Speaking during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, Deputy O’Brien said:

“This morning at the Public Accounts Committee, the HSE confirmed that they have been unable to publish their 2019 capital plan as a direct result of overspending at the National Children’s Hospital. 

“This is despite being almost halfway through the year. 

“Only this morning, it was reported that the former Director General of the HSE told the Department of Health that the additional impact the national children’s hospital over the years 2020, 2021, and 2022 ‘has made what was a very difficult situation almost impossible’.

“Since the beginning of the year, the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance have told us that no capital projects would be delayed.

“Six months later, the HSE are still not able to provide that guarantee.

“It is time for the Government to get their story straight and tell the public the facts. 

“They must reveal what capital projects will be delayed or cancelled because of repeated overspends in major projects such as the Children’s Hospital and National Broadband Plan.

“This is no way to manage budgets, or to provide clarity to patients."

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