Flood relief schemes face delays as OPW asked to reallocate €3m of its budget to children’s hospital

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Flood relief schemes face delays as OPW asked to reallocate €3m of its budget to children’s hospital


The new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)
The new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Office of Public Works has been asked to find €3m within its budget for reallocation to the overspend on the new National Children’s Hospital project.

OPW minister Kevin Boxer Moran told the Oireachtas Finance Committee the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has asked him to find €3m in this year’s Budget for his department. It is part of a series of cuts worth €100m being enforced across Government departments to make up for the overspend on the children’s hospital.

Mr Moran told the Committee this will lead to flood relief schemes being delayed.

“I know they are looking for a sum of €3m but that has to be approved by Cabinet.”

Mr Moran said he expects some flood relief schemes to be delayed by weeks and his Department will now have to revise its estimated spending for 2019.

He also confirmed the refurbishment of Leinster House is the latest Government project to run at a cost overrun.

Mr Moran confirmed he expects costs to rise above the original €15m estimate for construction.

He said it was too early to put an exact cost on the works but said the nature of the work being carried out means it will not come in under budget.

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