Thursday, 1 February 2018

Questions (28, 35, 56)

Mick Barry

Question:

28. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills the consequences of the collapse of a company (details supplied) on six school build projects here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4657/18]

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Mick Wallace

Question:

35. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the six schools and colleges affected by the collapse of a company (details supplied); if he has made contact with another company; his views on whether there will be a delay in completing the works; if a contingency plan has been developed for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4858/18]

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Ruth Coppinger

Question:

56. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the delivery of schools following the collapse of a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4897/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 28, 35 and 56 together.

In respect of the Schools Bundle 5 PPP programme, a contract exists between my Department and the Principal contractor, Inspiredspaces. Inspiredspaces is the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) responsible for the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the schools.

The company referred to by the Deputies has been a 50% shareholder in the SPV. The other shareholder in the SPV is the Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF).

Inspiredspaces remains in place as the SPV responsible for delivery of Schools Bundle 5. The PPP contract between my Department and the SPV equally remains in place. The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) manages that contract on behalf of my Department.

The Dutch Infrastructure Fund is now required to intervene to ensure that the schools in the PPP programme are completed to the satisfaction of the State. It is currently in the process of developing a rectification plan and remains in close contact with the NDFA in that regard. The outcome of this process will provide greater clarity in relation to likely school completion dates.

The Dutch Infrastructure Fund has confirmed that resolution of the situation is its top priority.