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# National Children's Hospital

Last month
December 2022
# rising costs
Final cost of National Children’s Hospital ‘may not be known for years’
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall said there seemed to be a “perennial problem” in Ireland with delivering major infrastructure projects.
Last year
2022
# rising costs
Taoiseach refuses to estimate final cost of National Children's Hospital
The current estimated cost of the NCH is €1.4 billion.
# Health Committee
National Children's Hospital will cost more than €1.43 billion by 2024 completion date
The final cost may not be known until years after construction ends due to legal claims.
# Healthcare
The Good Information Podcast: Healthcare - are we moving further away from the solution?
A majority of Irish people are pessimistic about the healthcare service, so what needs to change?
# Public Accounts Committee
Inflation to increase National Children’s Hospital costs by €51 million
Members of the board of the Children’s Hospital appeared before the Public Accounts Committee today.
# Local Lives
Locals near new National Children's Hospital site unhappy with reduced access to project leaders
Residents have described ongoing concerns about how the works are impacting their area.
Residents near the site of the new Children's Hospital have described ongoing concerns about how the works are impacting their area.
Issues have included noise pollution, reduced green space, and a High Court case claiming damage caused to homes, Lauren Boland reports.
Meanwhile, inside the site, a reward is still being offered for information about a series of arson attacks.
Inflation and Ukraine fallout pose fresh hurdles for children's hospital as structure takes shape
# Inside look
Inflation and Ukraine fallout pose fresh hurdles for children's hospital as structure takes shape
The Journal visited the site of the new hospital and demonstration spaces showing how patient rooms will look.
Surging inflation and global supply chain issues are creating challenges for the new National Children's Hospital, Lauren Boland reports.
The Journal visited the site in Dublin 8, where construction is well underway.
New features in the hospital include robots to transport materials and a tablet at each bed.
'State-of-the-art' or 'flashy': Will the spiraling cost of the Children's Hospital be worth it?
All time
# Receipts
Minister refuses to rule out costs for National Children's Hospital surpassing €2 billion
The project has been hit with around 900 claims worth approximately €540 million.
# Building Blocks
'State-of-the-art' or 'flashy': Will the spiraling cost of the Children's Hospital be worth it?
Work on the National Children’s Hospital is over 35% complete – with construction work aiming to be finished by the end of 2023.
"We still have a number of questions about the hospital," the chair of the Public Accounts Committee has said.
The Project Managers say that the NCH is designed to last twice as long as the average national hospital, and costs more as a result
# Bam
Contractor at National Children’s Hospital submits 906 claims worth €446 million
The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board is spending €15 million fighting the claims.
# Construction
Contractor BAM takes High Court action against National Children's Hospital board
BAM is the primary contractor building the new children’s hospital in Dublin.
# PAC
Children's hospital contractor seeking extra claims totalling more than €300 million
Six of the claims are more than €40 million, the committee was told.
# Bam
Children’s Hospital contractor sought extra claims totalling 'in excess of €200 million', TDs told
The completion date for the project is also being pushed back further.
# Controversy
National Children's Hospital developer confirms works will resume at the site from Monday
Taoiseach Micheal Martin appealed to the contractor and those working on building the hospital to get back on site.
# Finance Minister
Paschal Donohoe says it's 'frustrating' to see another costs row over National Children's Hospital
BAM released a statement saying that it was excluded from the government’s Covid-19 ex-gratia payments, which it called “unfair”.
# Construction
CIF director 'misspoke' about possible 40% increase in cost of National Children's Hospital
Tom Parlon made the claim on Tuesday to the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response.
# CIF
Cost of building Children's Hospital could rise by 40%, special Covid-19 committee hears
Labour TD Duncan Smith said such an increase would be “astronomical”.
# High Court
BAM 'welcomes' legal action taken against it by board of National Children's Hospital
The dispute relates around the validity of a contract to commence Phase B of construction of the Children’s Hospital without a design.
# Construction
Construction work ceases at National Children's Hospital site
The contractors had been criticised for continuing construction at the site after new government guidelines.
# factcheck
FactCheck: The claims from the final party leaders' debate of this year's election campaign
We looked at more of the claims made during last night’s last leaders debate.
'This is a massive expensive spaceship landing in Dublin 8 and we've got to make sure communities benefit'
The €1.73 billion project has almost three years of construction-time left.
# nch
'Theoretically, things could cost anything': Children's hospital chairman says costs could increase more
The Public Accounts Committee met in the Oireachtas today.
# cost overruns
Some contractor claims for new children's hospital not under board's control, committee to hear
The fact some measures of the project remain uncosted is ‘laughable’ says Labour’s Alan Kelly.
# Complaints
Council warns National Children's Hospital contractor about working hour breaches on site
One local councillor says local residents feel “under siege” from the constant construction work near their homes.
# complex build
Harris says National Children's Hospital will open as planned in 2023, despite reported delays
The project has been mired in controversy over spiralling costs.
# Caranua
Christian Brothers to pay outstanding €6.8 million to redress scheme
The majority of the money will go to the fund, while €429,000 is to be paid to the National Children’s Hospital.
# Children's Hospital
Taoiseach accused of 'window dressing exercise' as HSE spending plan announced
Leo Varadkar insisted some politicians had been “scaremongering” over the children’s hospital overspend.
# Emergency care
Calls for children's urgent care centre at Connolly hospital to open until midnight
The Department of Health has said the opening hours of the new unit have not yet been finalised.
# progress update
Construction has started on the building frame of the National Children's Hospital
The hospital board will appear before an Oireachtas committee today.
# sláintecare
Minister for Health to investigate reports of private entrance to National Children's Hospital
It emerged this month that the facility will be built to honour a 2008 contract with consultants.
# PAC
HSE 'made eejits of' Government by appointing PwC to review National Children's Hospital costs
The firm was found to have ‘high level’ input into a decision to continue with constructing the project last year.
# opportune point
Top engineer on National Children's Hospital project resigns
John Pollock is the second senior figure to leave the project in as many months.
# Independent TD
Clare TD Michael Harty: 'I took a different view from my rural colleagues on the drink driving laws'
“The day of just two will do is no longer acceptable,” Dr Michael Harty, chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, told TheJournal.ie.
# Children's Hospital
Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend
Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said there is a level of contempt being shown to Oireachtas committees.
# Newstalk
Leo Varadkar says it is 'scandalous' that the Children's Hospital cost estimations were so far off
Speaking about Brexit, the Taoiseach also said that he’s “not surprised” that he’s the “boogeyman” of the British media.
# Children's Hospital
Secretary General Robert Watt accused of 'playing games' with Oireachtas committees
Calls have been made by a number of committees for Watt to appear before them to outline DEPR’s role in the children’s hospital project.
# spiralling costs
Simon Harris survives motion of no confidence, as Fianna Fáil abstains
The Sinn Féin motion was tabled in response to the controversy surrounding the increasing costs of constructing the National Children’s Hospital.
Voices
Opinion: Is public healthcare in Ireland failing because we've chosen the path to failure?
‘As we cry in frustration over the recurring ineptitude of the state to deliver decent public healthcare service for citizens’ Maebh Ní Fhallúin examines how we got here.
# Onwards and Upwards
'I'm happy for the project to continue': Simon Harris rules out re-tendering children's hospital
The Minister was responding to a statement by BAM that suggested it would pull out of the contract if the Government wanted.
# St James's
BAM offers to pull out of National Children's Hospital contract if the board wants
The company also said it did not benefit inappropriately from the tender process.