Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (266)

Peter Burke


266. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will request an up-to-date evaluation on progress made in recent weeks regarding the building of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27795/19]

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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).

It appears from the latest programme provided by the contractor for this project that the building will not be fully occupied until this coming October. I am extremely disappointed and frustrated with this latest development. WCC, which is responsible for managing the contract, has also expressed its disappointment with the level of resources on site and the slow progress of the construction programme.

I fully appreciate the anxiety and frustration of the pupils, staff, parents and the local community awaiting the completion of the Curraghmore project that has been caused by the continuing slow progress of the construction programme. However, I can assure them all that WCC, supported by my Department, is continuing to pursue the contractor for as speedy a delivery of the project as possible.