Simon Harris says re-tendering children's hospital contract 'not an option'

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that re-tendering the contract for the National Children's Hospital was not an option.

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Failure to give cost report to PAC ‘deliberate tactic’

Health officials have been accused of failing to provide TDs with a detailed report on the cost of building the National Children’s Hospital before a meeting last week, amid ongoing claims they are delaying access to key information.

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PAC: Senior children's hospital board member legally obliged to inform minister of cost overruns

The State's independent financial watchdog has confirmed the senior Department of Public Expenditure official who sat on children's hospital boards was legally obliged to tell Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe of cost problems the moment they emerged.

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Multiple project overruns by BAM

The Government has been asked to explain why the same construction company has been involved in cost overruns for major projects in Dublin and Cork.

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Donohoe: Spending ‘re-profiling’ won’t delay major projects

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has continued to claim that “no major projects will be delayed” and no promised services will be cut due to the children’s hospital financial black hole, despite opposition anger over €99m in spending “re-profiling”.

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Govt accused of hiding true scale of €99m cutbacks caused by children's hospital crisis

The Government has been accused of deliberately hiding the true scale of the €99m capital projects budget cutbacks caused by the children's hospital crisis after failing to detail the exact areas now on the chopping block.

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Fianna Fáil calls for further powers for Comptroller and Auditor General

The call follows the huge overspend on the National Children’s Hospital.

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'It would never be my intention to mislead this House': Harris apology over hospital cost

It took Health Minister Simon Harris less than four minutes to explain himself.

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Govt sets out projects impacted by €99m expenditure review in light of children's hospital overspend

The Minister for Finance has revealed how €99m is to be deferred from other public expenditure projects this year as a result of the children's hospital overspend.

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€3m to be cut from flood relief schemes after children's hospital overrun

Flood relief schemes valued at €3m will be cut and delayed to help pay for the overrun for the national children's hospital, OPW Minister Kevin Boxer Moran has said.

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Taoiseach: There are 'one or two companies' I'd like to ban from public service contracts

The Taoiseach has said there are "one or two companies" that he would like to ban from ever getting a public service contract again.

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'I sincerely apologise to the House': Simon Harris on children's hospital

Latest: Simon Harris has addressed the Dáil and apologised for not answering a question on the children's hospital "more fully" when asked last September.

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Ross only interested 'in projects close to his heart' claims FF spokesperson

Fianna Fáil’s transport spokesperson Robert Troy said he was very concerned that there was going to be more reduced expenditure by the Department of Transport.

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Calleary: FF will not support 'sham' motion of no confidence in Simon Harris

Fianna Fáil’s deputy leader Dara Calleary says his party will not be supporting Sinn Féin’s “sham” motion of no confidence in the Minister for Health Simon Harris in the Dáil later today.

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'This is a stunt': Coveney says no confident motion in Harris has 'no chance' of passing

The Tánaiste says a motion of no confidence in Simon Harris has "no chance" of passing.

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Halligan: 'You don’t go to the home of a politician inflicting pain on their family'

Minister of State John Halligan has described as “grossly unfair and unnecessary” the protest on Sunday outside the home of Minister for Health Simon Harris.

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Claims national children’s hospital board is hiding findings of 11 audits

The national children’s hospital board has been accused of hiding the findings of 11 more reviews and audits of the ballooning project’s financial controls and governance after refusing to immediately release the records.

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Cost over-runs: Pattern to the progress of children’s hospital fiasco is painfully familiar

Over the past 20 years there have been repeated examples of major capital project overruns. But has anything been learned from both these and the current National Children’s Hospital fiasco to warrant confidence that they can be prevented in future?, asks Caroline O’Doherty.

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Auditors of National Children’s Hospital have a conflict of interest

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) should be removed as the team investigating the cost overruns at the National Children’s Hospital as they have a conflict of interest and cannot conduct an objective investigation given their long-standing relationship with BAM, the major contractor for the construction of the hospital. They are also regularly paid as consultants for the HSE.

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Independent Alliance seeks meeting with Taoiseach over hospital costs

The Independent Alliance has sought a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the cost escalations at the Children's Hospital and the ongoing nurses' strike.

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Sinn Féin threatens no confidence motion in Harris over rising hospital costs

Mary Lou McDonald has written to Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin asking whether he has confidence in Mr Harris.

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Harris told of escalating costs of children's hospital in August

Officials in the Department of Health tried to warn Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe about escalating costs at the national children’s hospital weeks before the budget, newly released documents reveal.

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Hospital finances fiasco puts a dent in FG’s economic credibility

A coach and four has been driven through the image of fiscal virtue carefully constructed by the Taoiseach with the able assistance of his minister for finance.

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Harris told of extra €191m children's hospital costs in August, memo shows

The Minister for Health Simon Harris was made aware of an overspend at the new National Children's Hospital in August last year, according to an internal memo.

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Officials knew of spiralling hospital costs in September but no reason to discuss before Budget, says Minister

The Finance Minister has suggested there was no reason to ask about the cost of the National Children's Hospital ahead of the Budget.

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Head of Department of Public Expenditure called to appear before PAC over hospital costs

The Public Accounts Committee will ask the head of the Department of Public Expenditure as well as one of its top officials to answer questions about the spiralling costs for the national children's hospital.

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Donohoe denies discussing cost overruns at children's hospital ahead of Budget

The Finance Minister has claimed he only discussed overruns in current expenditure in Health ahead of the Budget and there was no talk around the spiralling cost of the National Children's Hospital.

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Harris stands by 'reasonable' €1.4bn spend on children's hospital

Health Minister Simon Harris has blamed design elements for the spiralling costs of the national children's hospital and pledged to use the “full rigour of the law” to pursue those responsible for the huge bill.

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Children’s hospital overrun: Key ministers on thin line between being characterised as fools or knaves

THE single issue arising for the Government from the nurses’ strike and the rolling debacle of the National Children’s Hospital is competence, writes Gerard Howlin.

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€700k spent on reviews into children's hospital governance and financial controls; New hospital head announced

Government and national children's hospital officials have spent almost €700,000 on internal and external consultancy reviews of the projects' governance and financial controls in the past two years.

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New terms of reference for probe into hospital cost overruns will aim to make individuals accountable

The new terms of reference for the investigation into the overruns at the National Children's Hospital will aim to find accountability from key parties, Newstalk have reported.

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Could a civil servant have alerted Simon Harris of cost overruns?

Department of Expenditure and Reform’s Code of Practice seems to be at odds with Department of Finance policy, writes Catherine Shanahan

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Hospital inquiry ‘to name and shame’

An inquiry into spiralling costs for the national children’s hospital will have the ability to blame individuals, the Government has announced after a forced U-turn on terms for the probe.

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A tide that lifts all boats: Accountability move welcome

There is hardly an issue in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s in-tray that, no matter how circuitous the route, cannot be traced back to a failure of accountability.

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Taoiseach says review into children's hospital will allow for individual accountability

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that an independent review into the overspend at the new national children's hospital will now allow for individuals to be held responsible.

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Chair of Children's Hospital development board Tom Costello resigns

The Chair of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board Tom Costello has announced his resignation this morning.

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Children’s Hospital review ‘will not assign blame’

No-one involved in delivering the most expensive capital health project in the history of the State will be held personally responsible for the financial fiasco it has become, according to the terms of reference of an expert review.

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Crack forensic team could crack up trying to unearth truth behind costly overrun

A costly review will tell us mistakes were made, but not necessarily who made them, writes Catherine Shanahan.

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Latest: Review of children's hospital spend told to stop short of individual blame

Latest: The review of the rising costs of the National Children's Hospital has been told not to find any individuals to blame.

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Claims hospital price tag may hit €2bn

The cost scandal enveloping the €1.7bn National Children’s Hospital shows no sign of abating with the Department of Health unable to guarantee that the final price will not exceed €2bn.

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Hospital cost may hit €2bn - Project an example of toxic culture

The kind of disdain for the idea of public service, the deep cynicism fuelled by what can only be described as the slapdash, make-it-up-as-we-go-along mismanagement of the National Children’s Hospital project has become a toxic force undermining any remaining public faith in how these vital projects are delivered.

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Hospital projects around country under review due to cost of children's hospital

Latest: Hospital projects across the country are under review because of the rising cost of the National Children's Hospital.

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Children’s hospital has to go ahead, says Harris

The failure to build the national children’s hospital would be a scar on the Government’s legacy, Health Minister Simon Harris told an Oireachtas committee.

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Hospital board refuses to release outside review

The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) has refused to release a report it commissioned when the cost of building the new children’s hospital shot up and external experts were asked to assess if they were “overdesigning”.

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Prevention better than cure for €1.7bn National Children’s Hospital hospital

It is not too late for the design of the National Children’s Hospital to be amended to reduce the projected €1bn overrun on the cost of construction, says Stephen Donnelly.

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No one asked to resign over rising cost of children’s hospital, Oireachtas committee told

No one has been asked to resign over the escalating cost of the new children’s hospital, a Department of Health official told an Oireachtas committee.

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Surging cost of children's hospital will see €100m cut from other government plans

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted the runaway €1.7bn budget's immediate impact as it emerged three Dáil committees are now insisting the Department of Public Expenditure's secretary general Robert Watt is forced to give answers on the overspend.

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Department head accused of 'disrespect' over refusal to give evidence on children’s hospital

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has been accused of treating the Oireachtas Health Committee with “disrespect” by refusing to give evidence on the spiralling €1.4bn bill for the new national children’s hospital.

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Children’s hospital costs hike ‘of significant concern’

Senior health officials will today tell TDs of concern about excessive costs involved in the construction of the national children’s hospital and how this “will undoubtedly impact on other priority health investments”.

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Agencies quizzed over cost overruns in planned €1.5bn national children's hospital

Government spending agencies have been quizzed about the massive cost overruns in the planned build for the national children's hospital as pressure mounts to explain the €1.5bn project spend.

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GP body call for inquiry and describe €1.7bn cost of Children’s Hospital as 'national scandal'

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has today called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to hold an independent commission of investigation into the spiraling cost of the National Children’s Hospital.

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Opposition claims Government ‘asleep at the wheel’ over children’s hospital

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary accused the government of being unable to keep its capital projects on track.

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More questions needed on how cost of National Children's Hospital went from €983m to €1.7bn, says Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin says further questions will be asked about the cost overrun at the new National Children's Hospital when the HSE appears before the Health Committee next week.

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Systems to blame for hospital costs rising

Mistakes in quantifying mechanical and electrical systems are largely to blame for the escalating costs of the new National Children’s Hospital, the health committee will hear today.

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Harris defends cost of Children's Hospital as bill soars past €1.4 billion

Construction costs for the facility have jumped to over €1.4 billion in recent months - and could increase further.

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Right strategy was taken, says children's hospital board

The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board has defended the additional construction costs of the new children’s hospital, insisting that the “right procurement strategy” had been taken.

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Latest: Taoiseach admits national children's hospital may cost more than €1.433bn

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted the new national children's hospital may cost even more than its latest €1.433bn predicted price amid growing concern over the runaway budget involved.

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