Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (450)

Alan Kelly

Question:

450. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the date in October 2018 his Department drew the attention of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, either formally or informally, to the overspends in the costs of the national children’s hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5640/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

On 17 October 2018 my Department made a formal request for a meeting with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to discuss the position in relation to the project and potential cost issues emerging. The cost escalation was highlighted at a meeting in my Department on 9 November which included officials from that Department. Subsequently, my Department submitted a report from the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on the cost overrun and the reasons for it to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on 19 November and met with officials of that Department to discuss it on 23 November.