Govt must explain raid on Children’s Hospital funds for Stimulus plan – Kelleher

Published on: 17 July 2012

The Government must explain why it has raided the funds earmarked for the National Children’s Hospital to fund projects as part of today’s stimulus announcement.

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher said: “The Government has announced that it will use money from the sale of state assets including the National Lottery licence to fund the stimulus outlined today.  We were told the money from the sale of the National Lottery licence was to be used to finance the building of a new national children’s hospital.

“In the Government’s own Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2012-16 Review last November it stated: ‘It is the Government’s desire to use the upfront payment to fund the National Children’s Hospital.’

“How can the government’s stimulus plan and commitment to the National Children’s Hospital have any credibility if they’re spending the money to be raised from the National Lottery licence two times over?  The Minister for Health and the Minister for Public Expenditure must immediately clarify this situation.” 

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