Answers needed after Carillion collapse - Kathleen Funchion TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Kathleen Funchion TD has said that answers are needed from the Minister for Education Richard Bruton following the collapse of Carillion, who were 50% shareholders in the consortium undertaking the construction of 6 school buildings.
Teachta Funchion said;
"The schools in question, which include Tyndall College, Carlow and the Carlow Institute of Further Education, need clarification at this point from the Department of Education.
"Reports indicate that work has been postponed indefinitely at two sites, according to RTÉ News, and there are doubts over the status of others.
"Minister Bruton needs to seek clarification on this and ensure that there are no delays to the completion and provision of these works.
"Only last week reassurances were given that there would be no impact on the building works of these schools and last night the NDFA has released a statement placing responsibility with shareholders and funders to ensure the buildings are completed.
"This collapse of a private company in another jurisdiction having an impact on the completion of Irish public school buildings is the result of Public Private Partnership. Our schools cannot be at the mercy of the result of PPP when it goes wrong.
"This is not good enough. Minister Bruton and his Department have a responsibility to ensure that the buildings are now completed within the given time frames and further disruption is not caused to the schedules.
"The schools in question are badly in need of new buildings, with some schools waiting years in very poor conditions and they need assurance that they can still relocate to their new buildings as soon as was promised.