Thursday September 24, 2020

Why did Harris say nothing on hospital cost?

Simon Harris has been under increasing pressure over the children’s hospital since last August. Was he simply hoping that it would be his eventual successor’s problem?

10th February, 2019
Simon Harris, Minister for Health, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Pic: RollingNews

At the end of last August, Simon Harris was informed in a detailed three-page memo that cost overruns with the National Children’s Hospital could reach as much as €400 million. The Minister for Health knew immediately that he had a very serious problem in relation to the escalating cost of the long-promised hospital.

That he did not almost immediately notify Taoiseach Leo Varadkar nor Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is, by any objective...

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