The children’s hospital and the nurses’ strike are a confluence, tributaries of the same river about to burst its banks. File photograph: iStockPhoto

When the Republican senator Howard Baker Jr asked “what did the president know, and when did he know it?” during the Watergate scandal, he pithily enc(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to apologise for not providing fuller information about the cost escalation at the national children’s hospital when he was asked about it last September.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The first phase of the new national children’s hospital, a satellite unit in Blanchardstown, will not be able to open as scheduled this summer due to (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: instead of responding to the letter, it was agreed the issues referred to would be addressed in the estimates process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris wrote to the Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe in May 2018 to inform him of a “difficulty” in balancing(...)

Simon Harris told Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen that capital expenditure on the project was ‘in line with the expected expenditure profile’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government will this week clash with Fianna Fáil over an apology Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to make over cost escalations at the nati(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris will apologise for telling the Dáil the budget for the national children’s hospital was on track at a time when he ha(...)

Tony O’Brien: ‘I’m worried that without intervention we could be looking at the last generation of family doctors.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Former HSE director general Tony O’Brien has accused the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of “corroding public life in Ireland” and chasing “every pass(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he did not find Simon Harris’s “explanations credible at all”. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The cost overrun on the national children’s hospital project has damaged public “faith and confidence” in the Government, the Taoiseach has said. Leo(...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Health Simon Harris help turn the sod to mark the commencement of construction of the national children’s hospital in October 2017. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Taoiseach and his ministers rallied around Minister for Health Simon Harris on Friday, with both Leo Varadkar in Belfast and Simon Coveney in Cork(...)

The ballooning cost of the children’s hospital has placed the Government in a near impossible position of continuing in the face of huge extra cost, retendering or abandoning the project.

When the political cut and thrust over the spiralling children’s hospital cost ends lessons need to be learned. Frustratingly, recent history shows I(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he has “total confidence” in Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The huge cost-overrun in the national children’s hospital has damaged public “faith and confidence” in the Government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said(...)

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