Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ceisteanna (55)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

55. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress of the new building for a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the timeline for completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42513/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy has recently completed Stage 2(b) of architectural planning and has been progressed to tender stage.

A tender stage normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.

The estimated construction duration for this project is 18 months.

The Deputy may be aware that the outcome of the re-commenced pre-qualification process for the main contract has been notified to contractors who expressed interest in tendering for this project.  Feedback and issues arising from same has resulted in a legal challenge to the re-commenced pre-qualification process for the main contact from one unsuccessful contractor.  This matter is being handled on my Department's behalf by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office.

My Department is fully aware of the urgency of this project for Monasterevin and the need to get the tendering process underway as quickly as possible.