Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (120)

Catherine Martin


120. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of legal action being taken as a result of a number of school buildings being contaminated with pyrite; if remediation works in the schools is dependent on the completion of this legal action; when this legal action will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41090/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Once the presence of pyrite was established, my Department's Planning and Building Unit sought legal advice as to how to proceed. The matter has been referred to the Chief State Solicitor’s Office.

The Deputy will appreciate that as this matter is still being dealt with by the Chief State Solicitors Office it is not possible for me to comment further at present.

However pending the outcome of the legal case any urgent remedial work required to keep the buildings safe for use can be applied for under my Department's Emergency Works Scheme and , approval will be given for works to take place under the scheme.