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Taoiseach Defends Simon Harris As Fianna Fail T.D. Says He Should Go

The Taoiseach has said he has total confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris. That’s despite growing calls for him to resign.

It comes as documents show Minister Harris was aware of a possible 400 million euro overrun at the National Children's Hospital in August last year, 7 weeks before he told the Taoiseach or the Finance Minister. Leo Varadkar has said concerns about the impact that may have had on budget planning are a red herring - as capital expenditure was decided last February. 

The Taoiseach said even if Simon Harris had told him about the overruns earlier, he would have instructed him to do exactly what he did.

Sinn Fein say the Minister's position is untenable, but Fianna Fáil's Health Spokesman Stephen Donnelly last night played down concerns about the future of the government over the overspend. 

However his party colleague, Sean Fleming, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, says he's speaking in a personal capacity and not on behalf of Fianna Fail - when he says Simon Harris should resign as Health Minister

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