I am aware of the delays in the project to which the Deputy refers which, as he knows, has been devolved for delivery to Westmeath County Council (WCC).
Significant delays have been experienced in delivering this project. These arose initially because the contractor encountered bad unforeseen ground conditions together with severe weather events last year. However, it appears from the latest programme provided by the contractor for this project that the building will now not be fully occupied until this coming October. This is extremely disappointing and frustrating for all concerned.
The contractor is responsible for resourcing and programming the construction works in question. In that respect, WCC, which is responsible for managing the contract, has expressed its disappointment with the level of resources on site and the slow progress of the construction programme.
I fully appreciate the anxiety and frustration of all the stakeholders awaiting the completion of the Curraghmore project that have been caused by the very significant delays in its delivery. I can assure them all that WCC, supported by my Department, is continuing to pursue the contractor for as speedy a delivery of the project as possible.