Mr Harris is expected to apologise to the Dáil later over the answers he gave to the house last year about the projected cost of the hospital.
It is expected that Mr Harris will tell the Dáil that he wishes he had told TDs a little more when they asked him about the cost of the children’s hospital last September.
Back then, the minister had seen documents suggesting the price was escalating, but he gave no hint of that in his answers.
Decent quiffage, in fairness.
Simon Harris focused on job as Cabinet discusses hospital costs (RTE)
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Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe after the INMO announced that they have suspended three planned days of strike action this week following an intervention by the Labour Court.
Government Buildings, Dublin 2
Speaking at Government Buildings, Minister [Simon] Harris said the suspension will be welcomed by patients and nurses and midwives alike.
Mr Harris said the nurses did not take the decision to strike lightly, adding that he looked forward to the health service resuming normal work.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he will brief Cabinet on the financial impact of the Labour Court recommendation in the morning.
Also speaking at Government’s Buildings, he said that he hopes the recommendations would form the basis for the resolution of the industrial action.
Nursing unions suspend industrial action (RTÉ)
Members and supporters of the irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) march in Dublin on Saturday
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is due to hold three consecutive days of strike action from Tuesday to Thursday. It has already held three 24-hour strikes in its row over pay and recruitment and retention of nurses.
The talks broke up at 3.30am and by that stage the unions, health management, and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform had briefed the court on their positions for three days.
Labour Court to decide on nurses’ strike intervention (RTÉ)
Sinn Féin Deputy Mary Lou McDonald and Minister for Health Simon Harris
Sinn Féin Party leader Mary Lou McDonald confirmed this morning that the party will publish a no confidence motion in Harris, after the party strongly hinted that it would do so over the weekend.
Sinn Féin to table no confidence motion in Simon Harris (Breakingnews.ie)
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The Meaning Of Trapped
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Today’s Irish Daily Mail cover
On RTÉ’s Prime Time.
The Minister for Health Simon Harris was interviewed by presenter Miriam O’Callaghan about the August 27, 2018 memo he released last night which showed he was told of a €391million potential cost overrun related to the building of the National Children’s Hospital but didn’t inform the Minister for Public Expenditure until November 2018.
He was also asked about the nurses’ strike.
Towards the end of their interview Ms O’Callaghan asked him if he had moved his position on the nurses calls related to pay and retention of staff “one iota” since the strikes began.
He said he thinks both sides need to move their positions, to resolve the matter, but added the following caveat:
“But it has to be in the confines of the [public sector pay] agreement. Or you’ll have me sitting in this seat next week asking me about a different group. It’s about finding common ground and I’m very confident we can do that.”
Watch back in full here.
The Rotunda, Dublin
Nurses from the INMO (Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation) trade union on the picket line on the second day of a planned series of one day strikes in support of better pay and conditions. Three further consecutive strike days are scheduled for next week.
Over 37,000 nurses in third day of strike action (RTÉ)
Scenes from day two of the Nurses’ strikes, including Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha (above) outside the site of the new National Children’s Hospital and Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (pic 3) with Nurses from the INMO (trade union on the picket line outside St James Hospital in Dublin .
More as we get it.
INMO trade union picket line outside Beaumont in Dublin on Wednesday, the first day of a planned series of one day strikes in support of better pay and conditions.
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