Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (502, 503)

Joan Burton

Question:

502. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the costs to date of the remediation work at schools affected by structural defects in an area (details supplied) and at other schools in the area; the estimated remedial costs upon completion of works; the estimated date of completion; the legal costs to date; the estimated legal costs of cases being taken against contractors deemed responsible for defects in construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36777/19]

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Joan Burton

Question:

503. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all documentation processed concerning the serious defects in schools built in an area (details supplied) will be provided; if legal proceedings have been issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36778/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 502 and 503 together.

The programme of structural remediation works at the schools to which the Deputy refers have now been undertaken.  This has facilitated the removal of precautionary measures that were put in place in October/November 2018. The schools have re-opened for the new school year.  For legal reasons, my Department is not in a position, at this time, to provide documentation in relation to the detailed nature of the issues arising in the buildings or in relation to the costs for the remediation works.

My Department continues to liaise with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office on the on-going legal process related to all 40 schools built by the contractor involved.  Proceedings have issued in a number of schools to date.  This includes for the schools in the area to which the Deputy refers.   The next date Court date is expected to be in October 2019.  At this early stage, details of legal costs are not available.