Woodvale must engage with all subcontractors to see out PPP schools - Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Woodvale, which has been contracted to complete the schools bundle affected by the Sammon collapse, must engage with all the subcontractors that have worked on the project.
He said any other approach could leave the projects open to legal difficulties.
Speaking following an exchange with the National Finance Development Agency, Deputy Doherty said;
“I am glad that the NFDA which ultimately represents the State's interest in these complex contracts has signalled that it is open to a a solution which involves all the subcontractors left high and dry by the Sammon collapse.
"I fear any other approach will cause legal difficulties around how the completed works can be certified. The NFDA have committed to seeking a legal opinion on this issue.
"This is more than a legal issue. There is a moral imperative that the subcontractors who have built these schools and pitches are paid for their work done.
"We are talking about indigenous businesses facing very serious consequences for something that is beyond their control. As things stand in September schoolchildren will be sitting in rooms and playing on pitches built by 160 subcontractors and their workers who will not have been paid for their work.
"The solution must involve the new contractor engaging these subcontractors.
"I am more convinced than ever after today’s exchanges that the legal and moral cases are the one and the same here - that Woodvale must engage with all the subcontractors and that the NDFA, the Minister for Education and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform must make that view clear to them.”