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“Disturbing” development as government row back on C&AG investigation into Children’s Hospital overspend

20 January, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking the evening Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has called the government row back on having the Comptroller and Auditor General investigate the costs and overspend at the new national children’s hospital “curious” and “worrying”.

Teach O’Reilly said:

“Sinn Féin has been very explicit in our call for a full and public investigation into the overspend at the national children’s hospital.

“We were hopeful that such an investigation by the C&AG would be forthcoming when Government Chief Whip, Seán Kyne TD, stated as much on the RTÉ The Week in Politics programme today.

“However, in a curious and worrying development the Government have rowed back from this commitment.

“This is, quite frankly, ridiculous; Deputy Kyne did not just think this up on the spot and such an investigation must have been debated at the highest levels of Government.

“It is very disturbing that the Government appear to not want an independent investigation into the overspend so we can find out how such colossal losses were incurred and if any corruption has taken place.

“I am reiterating Sinn Féin’s call for a full and public investigation into the goings on with the construction of the national children’s hospital immediately.

“There are people in Government and people working on projects for the State who hold the disgraceful belief that wasting public money is a victimless crime. It most certainly is not and there should be the most full and through investigation to uncover the reasons for such a waste of public finances and if any corruption has taken place.”


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