Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (452)

Alan Kelly


452. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the date in November 2018 he or his officials informed the Taoiseach of the cost overruns in the national children’s hospital; the format in which this information was given; the person or body that provided same; if he will publish documentation relating to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5642/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

On completion of the Guaranteed Maximum Price process, the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board informed my officials of the revised cost of €1.433bn on 8 November 2018, and I was subsequently briefed on 9 November on the emerging position.

On 9 November, the cost escalation was highlighted at a meeting with the Taoiseach. It was agreed that further details would be provided in a formal way to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and to the Department of the Taoiseach prior to Government consideration. Officials in the Department of the Taoiseach were briefed on 21 November, 26 November and 13 December. The information on cost increases presented at those meetings has already been provided to the Oireachtas Health Committee.

Question No. 453 answered with Question No. 451.