Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (231)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

231. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a new school build (details supplied) will commence; the expected date of completion; the position of the build in the process; the steps that remain to be concluded; the interim arrangements in place for the September 2019-20 intake; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8161/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As the Deputy may be aware, the project to which she refers has been devolved for delivery to Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB).

The pre-qualification process for the project has recently been completed by KWETB. While approval has been given for KWETB to proceed to issue tender documents to the short-listed contractors, the Design Team is currently addressing some design issues with the project. In that context, it is now expected that tender documents for the project will issue in the second quarter of 2019. Once the tender process has been completed, construction can be expected to begin on site.

At this point, it is not possible to provide an exact and accurate timeline either for completion of the tender process or for completion of any later stages of the project. However, I can say that the project remains on schedule to be completed before September 2021.

I can assure the Deputy that arrangements to provide a temporary accommodation solution will be put in place to address the increased enrolment issues pending completion of the project.