Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (103)

Kevin O'Keeffe


103. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school project (details supplied) will be expedited in view of recent events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38196/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I am aware of the tragic circumstances of the project to which the Deputy refers which, as a Summer Works Scheme project, has been devolved to the school for delivery. I share fully the Deputy's concerns and his desire to progress this project as a matter of urgency. The school authority is, of course, of the same mind.

In that respect, the school and its design team is working as efficiently as possible to ensure that the contractor has carried out the preparatory work necessary to proceed with the repair works. This includes preparing a method statement for the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) to allow it to carry out the first phase of these works. This work must be done while respecting the important job the HSA has to conclude its investigation.