Written answers

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Capital Expenditure Programme Review

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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213. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a review of capital projects for 2019 has commenced in view of the capital overrun at the national children’s hospital; if there has been consultation with his Department in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6856/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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My Department has been engaging with the Department of Health and with other Departments in relation to how the increased costs of the National Children's Hospital project in 2019 will be managed within the overall agreed capital allocation for 2019, in light of the multi-year management of the broad range of capital projects, amounting to upwards of €7 billion this year.

I am bringing proposals to Government in this regard and decisions will be announced in due course. The overall intention is to proceed with our very ambitious agenda of strategic infrastructure investment throughout the course of 2019 and subsequent years, with the minimum of disruption to the rollout and delivery of key projects.

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