Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Appropriation Account 2018

9:00 am

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

My next questions are on the refurbishment of Leinster House and conservation works. We all look forward to that being completed and opened. If there is a grand opening, we will all be there. I just want to look at the costs. While I do not believe everything I read in the newspapers, no more than anyone else, the initial reports on the project in an article in The Irish Timesof May 2017 were that it would cost €8 million. The article stated:

While the final cost of the work has yet to be determined, the OPW said last December that it would be at least €8 million.

At what point were the initial costs worked out? Was that figure accurate and was the OPW accurate in saying it would be at least €8 million? Was that an estimate or what was that based on?


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