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Minister for Health  Simon Harris, Andrew Mc Dowell EIB vice-president, Werner Hoyer EIB president, Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the signing of documents for the loan for the  children’s hospital in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The senior Department of Public Expenditure official who was on the board planning the national children’s hospital was appointed in a personal capaci(...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell raised concern on Thursday about why a senior official in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, who was also a prominent member of the hospital’s development board, did not raise concerns about the escalating costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) raised concerns nearly two years ago about governance arrangements for the development of the p(...)

Artist’s impressions of proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital campus.

It is “highly unlikely” that the cost of the National Children’s Hospital will come in at under €2bn, the Public Accounts Committee heard Thursday mor(...)

Demand for prescriptions for inhalers and blood pressure drugs had increased, while patients on biologic medicines were concerned over supplies in pharmacies, the committee heard.

Irish patients have begun stockpiling drugs over fears of a disruptive Brexit, an Oireachtas committee has heard. This is despite official assurances(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised to “hold feet to the coals” in relation to the “massive” and “colossal” overrun in the cost of building the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Paul Cullen, Health Editor Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised to “hold feet to the coals” in relation to the “massive” and “colossal” ove(...)

BAM Contractors, the firm building the hospital, submitted a tender price of €432 million in 2017 but this grew to €556 million last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The prices charged by the main contractors for the new national children’s hospital rose by up to 65 per cent in little over a year, a briefing note f(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald pictured arriving for the centenary commemorations  in the Mansion House on Monday  to mark the anniversary of the inaugural public meeting of Dáil Éireann in 1919. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the refusal of a senior civil servant to attend the Oireachtas Health Committee to deal with cost overruns for the(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, has declined to attend an Oireachtas committee meeting  to answer questions on the hospital overspend.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An additional €450 million will have to be found to cover a “very significant and disturbing” escalation in the cost of the new national children’s ho(...)

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, which is currently projected to cost €1.43bn. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Oireachtas committee investigating overspending on the National Children’s Hospital is in dispute with one of the State’s most senior civil servan(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to reporters in James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is concerned by the increasing cost of the National Children’s Hospital, which he said will delay other infrastruct(...)

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