State auditor contradicts Varadkar over claim on Children’s Hospital costs

State auditor contradicts Varadkar over claim on Children’s Hospital costs

Chief procurement officer Paul Quinn under scrutiny in debacle over spiralling costs for National Children’s Hospital

The state’s auditor has cast doubt over Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s claim that a senior civil servant on the National Children’s Hospital board could not have raised concerns about cost overruns with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy confirmed last week his understanding that a Department of Finance circular, which obliges officials on non-commercial state boards to report to the relevant Minister “where a matter of serious concern...

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