I wish to advise the Deputy that the following capital projects under the remit of my Department and Agencies have been delayed under Project Ireland 2040:
Justice : Forensic Science Laboratory
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is managing the Forensic Science Laboratory Project, on behalf of my Department. The OPW advised that, due to the complexity of ISO standard (14644-1) for Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments, it was necessary to add further material to the tender documentation for the main contract. As a result the timelines for issuing the tender documentation had to be revised.
The Forensic Science Laboratory project has incurred expenditure in 2017 and 2018 in relation to site clearance and preparation works. Tender submissions for the main contract are due to be received in the coming weeks.
I have requested that relevant agencies under the remit of my Department, and operating under a separate Vote structure (An Garda Síochána, Irish Prison Service and Courts Service) respond directly to the Deputy.