274. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the projects which have been delayed as a result of cost overruns at the national children’s hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7791/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): No projects in the Justice and Equality sector have been delayed for the reasons referred to. It has been agreed with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to re-profile an amount of €10 million in capital expenditure for the construction of the new Forensic Science Laboratory from 2019 until 2020/21 based on an assessment by OPW of procurement and expenditure timelines. The funding is not being withdrawn but rather re-profiled to when it is needed. No delay or rescheduling of the project arises as a consequence.