Further Delays To The Opening...


Further Delays To The Opening Of The National Children's Hospital Revealed

Joe Caulfield
Joe Caulfield

04:44 30 May 2024

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The National Children's Hospital is being further delayed.

Last February the Government gave the green light for a budget of €2.24 billion for the hospital, but a statement from the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board warns ongoing delays are driving up costs.

The date of completion of the National Children's Hospital has now been pushed back to February 2025.

The latest completion date was given to the Board in a monthly progress report from the hospital contractor, BAM.

The Board told the Public Accounts Committee this morning that it believed BAM could put more resources into building the hospital at St. James' in Dublin.

PAC chair, Sinn Féin's Brian Stanley hit out at the board's decision not to impose penalties on BAM for breaches of contract:

"Not one penny, this company has not suffered one penalty of loss because of any of this. This is outrageous stuff. "

However, BAM has described claims that it isn't adequately resourcing the construction of the hospital as "completely untrue".

In a statement, it says it always resourced the project "beyond the level required" - largely to cope with the level of design change and construction.

BAM adds it's "fully committed" to delivering the hospital within the "shortest possible timeframe".

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