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Mary Lou McDonald TD tells Taoiseach that government must act to get workers back on site at Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club

5 July, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has told Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the government must act to get workers back on site at Naomh Fionnbarra  GAA Club in Cabra.

Ms McDonald criticised the refusal of Minister for Education and Skills to engage on the issue and welcomed the Taoiseach’s commitment to raise the matter with Mr Bruton directly with Mr Bruton.

Speaking during Taoiseach’s questions, Teachta McDonald said;

“I am left with no option but to raise this matter in this format because I have written exhaustively to the Minister for Education and Skills and have received responses worthy only of an episode of "Yes Minister".

“It relates to the fact that nearly seven months have passed since the subcontractor walked off the site at Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club in Cabra, which is my local GAA club, with just two weeks left to complete works on a pitch. The outstanding work is minor in nature.

“A pitch has to be laid and some electrical and fencing work must be completed.

“This publicly funded project was directly impacted by the collapse of Carillion.

"Despite dozens - and I mean dozens - of communications from me - I am sure others have been in touch - it appears that the Minister is either not interested or does not care but he is certainly not prepared to do anything to get the workers back on site."

In response the Taoiseach said he would inform Minister Bruton that Ms McDonald has raised the matter with him in the Dáil.

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