Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (94)

Kevin O'Keeffe


94. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a plan of works will be put in place in relation to a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if the existing structure of the school will be protected. [40371/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Deputy will be aware that the project to which he refers is a Summer Works Scheme project and has been devolved for delivery to the school authority in that context. He will also be aware from my previous response that the issues to which he refers, that were precipated by tragic circumstances on site, are being addressed by the school authority and its design team as a matter of urgency.

I can inform the Deputy that the school and its design team will be writing to my Department in the next day or two to seek approval for the appointment of a specialist to complete the method statement to which I referred in my previous response. I can assure the Deputy that my Department will treat this request with the urgency it deserves and will not delay the appointment. Subject to the approval of the method statement by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), work on site can be expected to begin shortly after this appointment is made.