Chair of the Board overseeing National Children’s Hospital warns costs could rise even more

The Chair of the board overseeing the new National Children’s Hospital is warning the project’s costs could rise even further.

The Oireachtas Health Committee has heard there’s been no overspend on the budget since the Government approved the revised bill for the hospital last year.

The building frame of the new National Children’s Hospital is now under construction, as controversy continues over its cost.

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Excavation works at the St. James’s site have been ongoing for the past year, but the frame, which can be seen above ground, along with mechanical and electrical work has started.

The hospital budget is 1.4 billion euro, over a billion more than what was initially thought, due to an underestimation of how much money was needed to finish it.

But Chair of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, Fred Barry told the Oireachtas Health Committee inflation could lead to an increase in the cost.

He says there’s been no overspend on the budget since the Government approved the revised bill for the project.

FG’s Bernard Durkan says people should stop saying there’s been an overspend:

The committee also heard 3,700 people will be employed at the hospital once it’s finished.