From top: National Children’s Hospital site this morning; National Paediatric Hospital Development Board Project Director John Pollock; Stephen Donnelly, Fianna Fáil health spokesman, and the Department of Health’s Assistant Secretary Tracey Conroy at a meeting of the Oireachtas health committee today

This afternoon.

At a meeting of the Oireachtas health committee – which is discussing the overspend at the new National Children’s Hospital with representatives from the Department of Health and the HSE…

The committee heard that, last August, the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board warned the Department of Health and Minister for Health Simon Harris that the cost of the National Children’s Hospital could top a billion euro.

Last month The Irish Times reported the total cost for developing the facility at St James’s Hospital was expected to be more than €1.73 billion.

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly pointed out that Irish taxpayers will pay over twice as much per bed at the NCH as the two most expensive hospitals ever built in the world.

Mr Donnelly repeatedly asked Ms Conroy if she believed this represents a “catastrophic failure of management”.

Eventually, Ms Conroy said “I don’t”.

Watch the exchange here from 35.35.


Watch the meeting live here


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10 thoughts on “Catastrophic

    1. :-Joe


      I hope you all see them for what they are people?… The same fupping party!… Private foreign corporate globalised capital interests.

      Fupping bankers robbing you blind….


  1. :-Joe

    Disgraceful, immoral, sack them all… etc. etc. etc. etc.

    Nothing new to see here.

    Don’t be fooled by the other half of the ff/fg party(as per usual) and their fake outrage and demands of an investigation.

    The fake fall guys who will get remunerated are already lined up to distract you with the same three-card monty trick going on right in front of your face, over and over, again and again and again….

    If you keep voting for the ff/fg establishment for private foreign global financial interests party and against your own self interests and the interests of Irish citizens as a whole then it is you who is to blame not them You are the ignorant voter.

    Vote for a local independent and stop jumping on the bandwagon of corrupt, fake left vs right tribalised morality.

    “Oh dear, I wish I could do something but I’m just little auld me with no power or responsibility” and “It’s so boring watching this happen every few years but that’s the way it is so I don’t even care anymore”, are not solutions to all the various the problems going on. It is your responsibility.

    At least vote against it and stop supporting it, if nothing else… ffFffs…


  2. gorugeen

    When I was a construction buyer something I always insisted on was that sub contractors pay for their own consumables. eg. groundworkers were going through far more concrete than could possibly fit in all the trenches they’d dug. Then we made them supply the concrete. Consumption went down 65%. Make someone accountable, with something to lose if you want cost effectiveness.

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