Ready In No Time


This afternoon.

South Circular Road, Dublin.

The site of the new National Children’s Hospital which, with spending overruns of €450 million, may become the ‘most expensive medical facility in the world’.

Minister for Finance Pascahl Donohoe is to bring proposals to Cabinet in January to deal with a new budget estimate of €1.4 billion –  more than twice the €650 million projected in 2016.

Good times.

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17 thoughts on “Ready In No Time

  1. Murtles

    I hope the C&AG or whoever go through all the spending on this with a fine tooth comb. Only with Irish government contracts does the final costs way exceed the projected costs that got the tender in the first place.

    1. Cian

      Nope, I’ve worked in many companies that paid more than the original tender price[1] – usually because they didn’t know what the wanted at tender stage.
      I know a number of people that have built houses/extensions/attic conversions. And all of them spent[1] Anecdote alert. I have no verifiable evidence for this. way more than originally tendered.

      [1] Anecdote alert. I have no verifiable evidence for this.

      1. realPolithicks

        This comment is so pathetic its laughable. Is there nothing this government do that you won’t attempt to justify? 1.3 billion euro for a fupping hospital building, are you insane. In many ways Ireland is a banana republic run by a bunch of pigs with their noses stuck so far into the trough its a wonder they can still breathe and yet so many people just shrug and go “ah sure what can you do”. This hospital is a vital piece of infrastructure which is badly needed but FFS 1.3 billion euro is just taking the piss. The taxpayer is being robbed blind by these people and people should be on the streets marching.

        1. Joe cool

          Nail on the head real politiks. I guarantee you theres quite a lot of this money will be “unacvounted” for. Ie. in some bank account

        2. Cian

          Sorry, I should have acknowledged that the cost over-runs are eye-watering – and we need to know why they have happened.

          But, my point stands, it is not just the government that ends up paying more than the original price.

          1. realPolithicks

            These “cost over runs” are not “eye watering” they are criminal. Just last September they said the cost would be 1 billion, now its 1.4. At this rate by the time they are finished it’ll be 10 billion. Its a scandal and people shouldn’t take it anymore.

          2. postmanpat

            Public cares more for the welfare of those McGann hillbillies these days. This story will be buried and no one will care in 2 days. The media will still be all over leatherface and the poor Roscommon brother sister/wife “family” in a months time. (banjo music) Stirring up anger on both sides as a distraction. A hospital budget story isn’t sexy enough to holds anyone with an IQ below 90 interested, which most of the population.

    2. ____

      I’d imagine a lot of it has to do with how much the building sector has picked up since costings were done – we now have a huge shortage of tradespeople so it’s naturally going to be more expensive.

  2. Martco

    wtf…that’s insane…the Burj Khalifa also cost €1.4 billion to build and it’s the 19th most expensive building ever built!?!

    what’s the angle on all of this? is someone on the make (please please not redacted again) or is it just an insane site to develop? or are the numbers pure duff?

      1. Martco

        at 1,400 million Euro the lads that paint the hoardings outside’ gardeners must be on 150k + merc and vhi

        do you have any concept of what €1,400 million is or is that the best you can do as a comeback @whomeverthetwinkleusernameyoureusingtoday?

        1. ____

          Just pointing out that it’s not a fair comparison between slave labour with non-existent standards and a high cost of living country with a skills shortage.
          Hospitals are also really, really expensive to build. What with all that fancy stuff and very specific demands.

          Does this account for all of the massive cost? no, not at all, but it accounts for a lot of it.
          Are there still questions to answer? absolutely, but a comparison to the Burj Khalifa is silly.

          RE: @whatever… Don’t know what you’re on about, but I seldom post here and always use the same name.

          1. Martco

            I’m sorry but it’s just unbelievable money, as for complexity we could argue all night, theres a pile of complex projects ongoing around the @1.4 billion mark that make this project look like Mickey Mouse. So I’d like to know why.

  3. Increasing Displacement

    Cian, stick to what you know please
    You’ll comment on poo you have no idea about

    If this government had done their work properly with the tender process they’d have a price and set fines for failing to reach milestones

    It’s common in most large construction projects around the world.

    This country having the most expensive hospital ever constructed is laughable. To argue that is borderline insane

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