€500m boost to Children’s Hospital cost will be ‘final big settlement’ in contentious project, says Donohoe

Minister for public expenditure said he believes today’s 30 per cent cost increase will be the final large payment made on behalf of the state to the project

Paschal Donohoe speaking to reporters today at government buildings. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Rolling News

Paschal Donohoe has said that the roughly €500 million boost to the National Children’s Hospital budget will be the “final significant settlement” that government will make in relation to the spiralling cost of the project.

Speaking to reporters today, the minister for public expenditure fired back at critics who said the hospital - which has repeatedly come under fire - should have been re-tendered when costs started increasing.

“If we had re-tendered, we would have ...