Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (220)

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

220. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when site work will commence at the planned Louth Meath Education and Training Board head office building in Drogheda, County Louth; the amount expended on the project in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the purpose of the spend; the timeline for the expected completion of the project; the number of staff the ETB envisages will be located in the building on completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49018/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As the Deputy is aware, the project to which he refers has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (LMETB). 

A number of design issues have arisen with this project. These have included issues relating to the need for additional security features for the proposed building that became apparent at tender stage and which required a change in brief with consequent design alterations. Currently, the capacity of the building, and the number of staff it is required to accommodate, is being reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of LMETB into the future. 

I can assure the Deputy that every effort to progress the project has been made in 2018 and 2019 and will continue to be made. A number of meetings between officials from my Department and LMETB and its design team, with a view to addressing the relevant issues, have taken place in the last year. However, it is still too early at this stage to give a commencement date for construction.

To date, approximately €260k has been spent on costs related to the project including design team fees, planning and statutory consent fees and surveys for the project. Approximately €200k of this was expended in 2015 with the remainder spent last year.