Department of Health told of huge hospital overrun months before disclosure

Department of Health told of huge hospital overrun months before disclosure
A computer-generated image of the National Children’s Hospital at St James’s in Dublin 8

Officials said overrun figure on €1.7 billion project was not ‘final’

The Department of Health was informed of massive cost overruns at the €1.7 billion National Children’s Hospital project last August, but the public was not told until December.

The revelation will raise uncomfortable questions around transparency for the department and Minister for Health Simon Harris.

In a statement, the department said that it had kept the minister informed of the escalating costs. It defended the delay in telling...

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