Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (320, 330)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

320. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the role played by a company (details supplied) in evaluating the tenders for the national children's hospital; if conflicts of interest exist with the main contractor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7683/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

330. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding price comparisons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7732/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 and 330 together.

The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board which has statutory responsibility for planning, designing, building, furnishing and equipping the new children's hospital has advised me that the company in question played no role in evaluating tenders for the children's hospital. 

The HSE commissioned the review by the company in question into the cost escalation relating to the new children's hospital project.  Accordingly, regarding the issue of any potential conflict between that company and the Main Contractor, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.