Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (113)

Bernard Durkan


113. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied that the school building programme here will not be detrimentally affected by the collapse of a group (details supplied) in the United Kingdom in respect of which the works here are subcontracted to Irish builders; if clear lines are being identified to protect the builders and consequently the schools already under construction for his Department; if the completion date for the schools in question remain as indicated; if schools already completed and awaiting hand-over to his Department can have the processes prior to payment expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5191/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

In respect of the Schools Bundle 5 PPP programme, a contract exists between my Department and the Principal contractor, Inspiredspaces.  Inspiredspaces is the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) responsible for the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the school buildings. 

The company referred to by the Deputy has been a 50% shareholder in the SPV.  The other shareholder in the SPV is the Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF).

The Principal contractor for the SB5 programme continues to be Inspiredspaces.  Sub-contractors on the project are employed by Inspiredspaces in that respect or indirectly by Inspiredspaces through other sub-contractors. It is a matter for all sub-contractors to agree terms and conditions and a schedule of payments with their direct employer. 

DIF is currently developing a rectification plan to ensure completion of the school buildings in as timely a manner as possible. The outcome of this process will provide greater clarity for all involved in the individual projects.  

DIF has confirmed that resolution of the situation is its top priority.