Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 11 July 2019
Public Accounts Committee
Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Appropriation Account 2018
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?