Thursday 21 November 2019

Enda Kenny denies another report commissioned on children's hospital site

Fionnan Sheahan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has confirmed former Dublin City Manager was asked for advice on the location of the children's hospital - but not by the Government.

Mr Kenny flatly denied the Government or any individual minister had commissioned another report into the location of the National Children's Hospital.

But the Taoiseach did say any contacts with former Dublin City Manager John Fitzgerald were informal, and within the terms of the group compiling the expert report into the hospital location.

Mr Kenny's comments would suggest the approach to Mr Fitzgerald for help came from the Dolphin Group, although this is still not clear. The Dolphin Group is the independent review body set up to recommended site options.

The Department of Health has declined to comment on the matter.

Mr Kenny told Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin there was only one report into the children's hospital by the Dolphin Group.

"When you read the report when it's published, you will see it is right and proper that the Department of Health with the minister would ask questions about aspects of the Dolphin report. That was in an informal way, as Mr Fitzgerald himself has commented.

"So don't be running away with the illusion, Deputy Martin, that Minister Reilly or any other minister or the Government went off and commissioned an individual or individuals to do other independent assessments of the sites and locations that were mentioned in the Dolphin report."

"There is only one process here and it will be a lot more open than what went on before. I have no interest in the games or the speculation or the rumours or the allegations that are being played here," he said.

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