Read It And Weep


From top: the PWC report into cost overruns at the National Children’s Hospital; graph depicting the original budget and additional costs

A report into cost overruns at the National Children’s Hospital has warned that the final cost of the project could exceed €1.7bn.

According to the review, “significant failures” occurred during the crucial planning and budgeting stages.

It found that the project could never be delivered within the financial parameters agreed.

It warned that risks remain with the project and if these are not effectively managed, it could lead to further costs rises in the capital works….

Read full PWC report here here

Earlier: ‘Red Flags Missed’

Review over new children’s hospital warns final cost could exceed €1.7bn (RTÉ)


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18 thoughts on “Read It And Weep

  1. eoin

    Wasn’t the original budget €400 million, not €790m, in part because they were going to get third party sponsorship/donations.

    Does the report reveal the name [surname, first name] of the person or persons responsible for the scandalous cost overrun.

    1. rotide

      You know, if you download it and read it you wouldn’t have to repeat the same questions 15 times a day

    2. Cian

      Again you mention an original budget of €400million. Can you provide any evidence for this?

      1. mick

        What a stroke
        And better still they either kept their jobs were promoted moved on with bye bye money
        And we are stuck with a big hospital that will no doubt have closed wards because costs are out of control and the wages bill exceeds budget

        Only in Ireland

        1. Cian

          Because the truth is important.
          There are huge problem with the NCH, and they need to be investigated and capped. IF we look at the real numbers we can quantify how large the problem is, and how to fix it.

          But this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.

        2. Daisy Chainsaw

          I care because money is being leeched away from other services to pay for this white elephant.

    3. Owen C

      Well, lets just say the QS, Linesight (formerly Bruce Shaw), gets mentioned 70 times in this…

  2. TheQ47

    So, the original budget hadn’t even taken account of VAT of €50m? Some of those other things I don’t know what they are, but surely VAT is a pretty important thing to miss?

    1. Cian

      I didn’t read it that way.
      There is an additional €450 cost identified, and this is broken into a number of components, one of which is VAT (i.e. of the 450 million extra, €50m is VAT).

  3. Curated by Vanessa for Frilly Keane

    Ah would ye all cop on

    This is going to hit 2 billion
    And worse again
    It’ll never
    Operate at full capacity

    At least 30%
    And I’m being kind
    At any one time
    Of the Posts will be vacant

    Recruitment Freeze my ar_____ se

    Anyone offering odds of Laura Magahy sending Eilish Hardiman back onto the Hospital CEO roundabout

  4. phil

    I guess that will rule out salary increases for Health Care workers for the foreseeable future ….

  5. SOQ

    The QS’s can only cost what is put in front of them. Children will die because of this Harris. Something to consider before your next cute baby photo shoot because- it could be yours.

    Extraordinary mismanagement at the highest level.

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