Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (164)

Seán Sherlock


164. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a Health and Safety Authority, HSA, investigation (details supplied). [46154/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I am aware of the tragic circumstances of the project to which the Deputy refers and I share fully the Deputy's concerns and his desire to progress this project as a matter of urgency.

As a Summer Works Scheme project, it has been devolved to the school for delivery.  The current position is that the consultant for the project has experienced considerable difficulty in appointing a suitable and qualified contractor to carry out the necessary asbestos removal works. In the absence of same, the consultant cannot provide the HSA with the method statement it is awaiting to allow these works to proceed. This work will continue to be done while respecting the important job the HSA has to conclude its investigation into the tragic circumstances referred to by the Deputy.

Please be assured that my Department is working closely with those involved to ensure the project is advanced as quickly as possible.