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Department of Health told of huge hospital overrun months before disclosure

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

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
21st January, 2019
A computer-generated image of the National Children’s Hospital at St James’s in Dublin 8

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 the public, saying “there was still work to be done and a process to be concluded to reach a final figure”.

John Pollock, the project director for the hospital, told the health committee...

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