The Government is blamed even by Fine Gael voters for cost overruns at the national children’s hospital, with 69 per cent polled saying it has mismanaged the project.

Voters blame the Government for the cost overruns at the national children’s hospital, with more than three-quarters of them saying mismanagement of t(...)

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform turned down a number of requests for meetings on the emerging costs crisis at the planned new national(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar does not believe the recent controversy surrounding the national children’s hospital overspend is responsible for a drop in his and Fine Gael’s standings in opinion polls. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

Overspending on the national children’s hospital project has been “quite a debacle” and has not done the Government “any favours”, Taoiseach Leo Varad(...)

The site of the national children’s hospital in Dublin. The €450m overrun in the project, now expected to cost €1.7bn, has led to a major political controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Major infrastructural projects could take longer to complete in future because of greater cost controls being introduced in the aftermath of controver(...)

The Government has come under significant pressure to explain how the cost of the national children’s hospital rose from an estimated €800 million in 2014 to the current figure of €1.73 billion. Photograph:  Collins

A senior Government official who is also a member of the national children’s hospital board has defended his decision not to inform the Government of (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris wore his usual pale and pinched worried expression. Photograph: James Forde

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris settled into their front bench seats as TDs trickled into the chamber for the big debate. Sinn Féin had moved a motion(...)

Children’s hospital overspend: Simon Harris said the Government would “ensure lessons are learned”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Health Simon Harris has survived a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence by 58 votes to 53 with 37 abstentions when a walk-through vote was c(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris will on Wednesday face a motion of no confidence, primarily over the failure to control the escalating costs of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Simon Harris will on Wednesday face a motion of no confidence, primarily over the failure to control the escalating costs of the n(...)

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald has criticised Fianna Fáil’s refusal to support its motion and dismissed its argument that such a move would precipitate a general election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil has come under attack from other opposition parties for berating Minister for Health Simon Harris while refusing to support a motion of no(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martion to An Taoiseach Leo Varadakr that  ‘people are quite frankly fed up of yarns, fed up of spin’ Photographs: Gareth Chaney/ Collins and Nick Bradshaw

The senior civil servant appointed to the development board of the national children’s hospital was satisfied the cost issues for its construction wer(...)

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