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An artist’s impression of the new children’s hospital. Photo: PA

An artist’s impression of the new children’s hospital. Photo: PA

An artist’s impression of the new children’s hospital. Photo: PA

The bill for remuneration and pay of staff involved in the administration behind the board overseeing the new national children's hospital is now running at more than €2m.

The figures, set out in its 2017 annual report, come as members of the national paediatric hospital development board will be grilled on the spiralling cost of the new hospital, which has been put at €1.4bn and rising.

They will appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee tomorrow to explain how the cost has spiralled. The fear is that so much capital spending will be absorbed by the new hospital, which is under construction at St James's Hospital campus in Dublin, that other projects will have to be put on hold.

Asked to comment on the pay bill, a spokeswoman for the board said: "[It has] been mandated to design, build and equip the new children's hospital - the largest capital project ever undertaken in the history of the State. The executive must oversee a design team and three main contractors who are responsible for delivering the hospital and the two satellite centres in Connolly and Tallaght hospitals.

"A team of specialists with relevant expertise is required to oversee all elements of the construction of this new children's hospital due to the size, scale and complexity of this much-needed project. Team skills include architecture, cost management, procurement, tendering experience, healthcare planning, engineering, healthcare equipping and social impact planning."

Irish Independent