Children’s hospital cost to rise again with extra €54m needed to cover inflation

Figures show the cost of the controversial project is still spiralling, with fears the eventual bill could reach €2 billion

The children’s hospital is the biggest single health infrastructure project in the history of the state. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The board of the national children’s hospital believes it will have to pay out €54 million to BAM, the main contractor, to cover the cost of rising construction inflation.

In a letter to the Dáil’s public accounts committee, Dave Gunning, the chief officer of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) – the group in charge of the project – said the board believed it would have to pay the €54 million, including Vat, as ...