HEARING: EXPENSES INCURRED by An Bord Pleanála and third parties for the oral hearing on the rejected Mater children’s hospital plan will cost the hospital’s development board almost €300,000. Bills sent to An Bord Pleanála, to be forwarded to the Children’s Hospital of Ireland Foundation Ltd, the company that lodged the application, included the cost of soup, sandwiches and taxis for some local residents. An Bord Pleanála has claimed total chargeable costs of over €200,000. The figure includes more than €190,000 for “inspectors’ time” on the oral hearing and pre-application consultation.
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