Written answers

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

National Museum

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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215. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the allocation in 2019 for the National Museum of Ireland and Natural History Museum; the date in 2019 the OPW plans to replace the roof of the building; if it will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children's hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6909/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The Government is committed to delivering Project Ireland 2040 within the overall multi-year resource envelope that has been set out. For 2019, the capital allocation has increased by €1,325 million or just over 22% above the 2018 allocation as stated in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2019.

With regard to implications arising from the National Children’s Hospital project, the Government is currently considering how the additional cost pressures will be accommodated within the multi-year envelope, with a minimum of disruption to the planned rollout and delivery of important infrastructure projects under Project Ireland 2040, which I am pleased to report are proceeding at a strong rate.

It is not possible at this stage to state whether works might be undertaken to the museum roof this year as the overall construction programme has not yet been finalised and the exact sequence of the interventions has not been decided.

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