Thursday, 14 June 2018

Ceisteanna (92, 93)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

92. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to ensure that the school building projects affected by the collapse of a contractor (details supplied) will be completed in time for the new school year; the responsibility a company has in respect of the completion and delivery of these projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26077/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Joan Burton

Ceist:

93. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress he has made in handing over the completion of the bundle of school building projects caused by the collapse of a company (details supplied) to another contractor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26079/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 92 and 93 together. The Schools Bundle 5 PPP Project encompasses five school buildings and one further education college across four sites in Bray, Wexford, Carlow and Kells. Following the liquidation of Carillion Construction Ltd, a tender process to identify a replacement contractor for the completion of the buildings is currently at an advanced stage.

The arrangements to put in place a replacement contractor are being managed by the Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF), which represents the PPP company, and the Project Funders, in close consultation with the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and the Department of Education and Skills. The Project Funders have indicated that the pathway forward to completion of the schools will become clearer within the next week or so. The school authorities are being advised of developments on a regular basis.

It is still the case that the schools which are closest to completion remain best positioned to be finished for September and all efforts are being made to achieve this. The Department is also working with the school authorities on any necessary contingency arrangements for September.