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Friday 23 February 2018

Government wasted €3m on a unfinished post-mortem centre which had to be demolished due to safety risks

John McGuinness, T.D, Chairman of the Public accounts Committee
John McGuinness, T.D, Chairman of the Public accounts Committee

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

THE Government wasted over €3m on a partially built centre for post-mortems into suspicious deaths – which had to be demolished because it was a risk to the public.

The new building for the State Pathology Service and the Dublin Coroner was never finished because the builders went into receivership. And the partially-built structure in Marino in Dublin had to be demolished this year at a cost of over €50,000 because it was a health and safety risk.

The report by the state spending watchdog, the Comptroller and Auditor General, found that despite the significant spending by the State, no new premises is available for the State Pathology Service and the Dublin Coroner’s Office.

They are still stuck in prefabricated accommodation in Marino in Dublin on a site owned by Dublin City Council. The Government is currently getting experts to look at the possibility of re-locating them to the recently closed Whitehall garda station in Dublin.

The costly decision is due to be examined by the Dail’s Public Accounts committee. Its chairman, Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness, said it appeared that €3.3m spent on the project was a write-off.

“This is a serious failure and this project should not have got the go-ahead until the finances were in place or it should have been finished off if the project was worthwhile,” he said.

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