Ian Guider: Miesian saga shows we have a long way to go on accountability

An incorrectly measured floor highlights how the state seems to be incapable of bringing large projects in on time and on budget

The Miesian Plaza cost overrun offers another salutary lesson in how the state can fail to manage large projects. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Almost daily, since the onset of Covid-19, members of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) have briefed the media from the spacious ground floor of the Department of Health’s headquarters.

The Miesian Plaza complex on Dublin’s Baggot Street makes for a more pandemic-safe working environment than the department’s previous offices in the dilapidated Hawkins House. With the public tuning in to the Nphet briefings on TV, they may very well have begun to wonder ...