Pearse Doherty TD welcomes Finance Committee hearings on Sammon collapse
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the Finance Committee hearings on the collapse of Sammon and the consequences for the subcontractors affected. The Committee will hear today from the National Development Finance Agency and on Thursday from some of the affected subcontractors.
Deputy Doherty said:
“I am glad the Committee took up my proposal to deal with the Sammon collapse and its consequences this week. I am especially glad the subcontractors will get an opportunity to explain how the collapse has affected them.
"The collapse of Sammon, itself a result of the collapse of Carillion, throws up many questions about the nature of the PPP contracts the State relies on to deliver essential infrastructure. In this case the future of communities in Wicklow, Wexford and across the State has been jeopardised as the promised schools are dependent on the project.
"There must be twin priorities for policy makers- ensuring the schools are completed on time and making sure those who built the schools are paid a fair price for their labour.
"Simply washing its hands of any responsibility to the subcontractors is not an acceptable position for the State to take. I believe these two priorities can be reconciled. I am fearful that a policy that simply ignores the valid claims of the subcontractors could ultimately lead to further delays.
"The work carried out to date, whether laying pitches or building classrooms cannot go unpaid for or only be paid at the whim of a liquidation process that is unlikely to yield much benefit to creditors way down the pecking order.”