From left: Minister for Health Simon Harris, Vice-President Andrew McDowell of the European Investment Bank, the President of the EIB, Mr Werner Hoyer, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe , and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar look at a model before the signing of documents for the European Investment Bank (EIB) loan for the new Childrens’ Hospital in December, 2017
“We have a real concern that some companies have been low-balling, coming in with very low tender prices to get the contract and then coming back with claims thereafter,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil in answer to Opposition questions about the children’s hospital costs.
“There are one or two contractors who, quite frankly, I would not like to see get a public contract again in this State,” Mr Varadkar added.
Later, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe declined to say if the Government believed this had happened with the hospital contract.
“It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on that because a decision has now been made on the tender and who is doing the work,” he said.
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