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Children's hospital publicity work nets PR firm €1.4m over five years

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Stalled: The site for the new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Stalled: The site for the new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Stalled: The site for the new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The public relations firm working for the agency constructing the €1.7bn national children's hospital was paid €372,132 for the project last year, bringing to €1.38m the amount it has received since 2015.

Q4PR was among more than 50 third parties to share in payments totalling over €213.9m for 2019 from the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB), according to figures provided in response to a Freedom of Information request.

The bulk of the monies last year paid out by the NPHDB went to the main contractor for the project, BAM Building Ltd, which received €168m for 2019.

The NPHDB confirmed that the total spend on the project at the end of 2019 was €469.43m.

The detailed breakdown for last year shows that Q4PR was paid €372,132 (including 23pc VAT) under the heading of "community engagement and communication services".

The 2019 payout follows payments totalling €1m to the PR company over the preceding four years concerning the project. In 2018, the firm received fees of €248,050 and this followed payments of €276,467 in 2017, €274,567 in 2016 and €204,509 in 2015.

The company secured the public relations contract in 2015 and it is due to continue until March next year.

Figures for 2019 show that the architect for the ambitious NCH project, BDP, was last year paid €6.48m in design team fees.

The FoI response also discloses Dublin City Council was last year paid €3.73m in planning fees and expenses.

A firm called Linesight was paid €6.25m for construction management services and quantity surveying work.

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