Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (101)

Willie Penrose

Question:

101. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the completion of the construction of a school (details supplied); when it will be ready for occupation in full; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22579/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy is aware, the project to which he refers is devolved for delivery to Westmeath County Council (WCC).

The Deputy will be aware that the latest timeline for completion of the project that was provided by the contractor indicated a completion date of July 2019. WCC has raised a number of concerns with respect to progress on site since that timeline was provided. WCC has requested the contractor to furnish a revised programme of works by the end of this week.

I am satisfied that WCC is continuing to pursue the contractor for as speedy a delivery of the project as possible. Nevertheless, my Department, working with the school authorities, has put in place alternative arrangements to provide accommodation for the increase in enrolments in the school for the coming academic year should the project not be fully completed within that timeframe.