Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Fine. We will hold this over because we will shortly be making a comprehensive compilation on this issue.

Next is No. 2483 from Mr. David Gunning, chief officer of the National Paediatric Development Hospital Board, dated 18 October, in respect of our request for an update on project costs of the new children’s hospital. We will not have a long discussion on this issue now, since the board will be appearing before us in three or four weeks’ time, but a paragraph in the letter reads:

As reported to the Public Accounts Committee in January 2019 and in May 2019, there are a number of exceptions that have always been outside of the approved budget, and for which there cannot be price certainty at this point, or for the duration of the project.

To date, we have been told that what has been tendered for and the cost overruns are within the overall budget figure. Now, however, it is clear that a number of exceptions have been outside the approved budget. We have a dual system. There is what is within the budget and a parallel system of exceptions outside the approved budget.


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