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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 6 March 2019

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Questions (39, 54)

Martin Heydon

Question:

39. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on a major building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10854/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

54. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for issuing the building for a school (details supplied) to tender again; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10870/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 39 and 54 together.

The major building project for this school is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b - Detailed Design, which includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been obtained.

A legal challenge to the pre-qualification process for the main contract from one unsuccessful contractor has recently been struck out and it is expected that a new invitation to pre-qualify will issue this month on the e-tenders platform.

When the pre-qualification process for the main contract and reserved specialists contracts is complete the project will then be progressed to tender stage.

The Department has met twice recently with school representatives and continues to be in regular contact with them in relation to the project.

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