Not only are we not collecting the money from Apple but we are APPEALING the decision from the EU granting us that money.
And budget day roles around and a cut in USC here and an increase in VAT there has us all in conversation.
The only person I heard question the whole corporation tax set up was Pearse Doherty.
On the Children’s Hospital I think, rightly or wrongly, the public transport access was key to the James’s site. Luas and Heuston Station as well as being relatively close to the M50. There is also a drive towards large hospital complexes to centralise a lot of the similar activity.
I don’t think the James’s site is the problem here. First of all the original specs which were provided in the tender were either way off (hence the large cost variation) or more worringly, the succesful tenderer went in very low, caveated the fuck out of the proposal and are now reaping the rewards. Either way sufficient time should be given to scope the feckin thing out but this doesn’t appear to have happened.
Also, the project management on this must have been shocking. In particular making its way to the Board and the Minister for Health. Such a price variation occurring shows huge evidence of a mismanagement of the project and communication channels. It is interesting to see Leo look for PWC to try to blame people for this when the ultimate blame must lie with him and the Minister for Health.