Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (54)

Derek Keating

Question:

54. Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on the construction of a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; if he will provide a detailed report on the reason there are delays in the construction of this school; the action that will be taken to expedite the building process in view of the many concerns that have been expressed by parents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23733/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The delivery of the new school building referred to by the Deputy has been devolved to the Office of Public Works (OPW). I understand from the OPW that the contractor who had been selected to construct the school withdrew prior to work commencing on site. The OPW engaged immediately with the second placed contractor and unfortunately this contractor was unable to meet the conditions attaching to the tender competition. The OPW is now in discussions with the next placed contractor in the tender competition. These discussions are at an advanced stage and, subject to no insurmountable difficulties arising, a contract will be placed in the near future and construction will commence on site.