Tom Costello steps down as chairman of new Children’s Hospital Board

‘Every decision made by the board has been guided by what was deemed best for the Project.’

Sligo News File.

The chairman of the new Children’s Hospital Board has resigned.

Tom Costello announced his decision in the wake of the controversy surrounding the cost of the new children’s hospital.

In 2016, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the cost of the project, sited on the campus of Dublin’s St. James’s Hospital would be €650 million. Now it is being speculated that the price could shoot to more than €2 billion, which would leave it one of the most expensive projects of its kind on the planet.

It is understood that consultants are to be asked to examine the costings.

Resigning from his position after five years in the role of chairman, Costello said he had acted with professionalism and integrity in all his dealings with the project stakeholders including the Minister for Health and his Department.

“Every decision made by the board has been guided by what was deemed best for the Project,” he reportedly said in a statement.

“I am concerned about the reputational damage that the ongoing commentary about the increased cost of the hospital is having on this critically important project and so I have decided to step down from my role to help ensure that focus is restored on delivering the project.”