Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (353)

Joan Burton

Question:

353. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if revised tender documents have been issued for the construction of the new State forensics laboratory; the deadline for receipt of tenders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10135/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The delivery of the new Forensic Science Laboratory at the Backweston campus is being managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on behalf of my Department.

Due to recent changes in international forensic laboratory standards, it was necessary to add further material to the tender documentation. Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) and the OPW design team are currently examining the issues involved which relate primarily to laboratory interior finishes and mechanical and electrical adjustments.

Once this examination has been completed, the OPW will review all tender documentation and intends to re-issue a complete set of documents. No specified date has been set, but it is anticipated that the revised tender documents should issue in Q2 2018, with a closing date for receipt of tenders to be set at 30 days thereafter.

The Deputy should be aware that enabling works for Forensic Science Ireland that commenced in October 2017, will be completed by the end of March.