Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Public Accounts Committee

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: 2019 Financial Statement (Resumed)

9:30 am

Mr. David Gunning:

This is the Minister's report. We are doing everything we can to keep the Department, the HSE and other stakeholders fully up to speed. We have given the committee our ambition for the timeline and we will get greater certainty on that. The costs issue is live and dynamic. I would certainly prefer to be coming into a meeting such as this and being absolutely and totally open. However, I cannot put the board or the State into a position that would compromise our ability to negotiate with the contractor. I understand the frustration but I hope the committee will also understand the challenges we face in trying to do a good job on behalf of the State on this project.