Local Council claims cost of winning tender for the National Children’s Hospital should have been a ‘red flag’

A local Councillor has said the fact the winning tender for the National Children’s Hospital was €131m below the others should have been a ‘red flag’.

A number of TDs have recently called on the Health Minister, Simon Harris, to resign over his handling of the rising costs of the National Children’s Hospital after memos showed he knew about the national Children’s Hospital huge overspend. Independent Councillor Paudge Connolly voiced his support for campaigners calling on the relocation of the Hospital to stop the development at the St James’s site and relocate to the Connolly site where costs would be cheaper.

He explained how the original bid for a project came in at €637m in 2016, €131m lower than the second placed bid.