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"Very concerning" that company currently being sued by State Department awarded UHL contract - Maurice Quinlivan TD

19 August, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD


Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan has today said it was very concerning that a company currently being sued by the Department of Education, was awarded the contract to build the new 60 bed ward at University Hospital Limerick.

Speaking today, Deputy Quinlivan said:

"It's very concerning that a company who is currently being sued by the Department of Education have been awarded the contract for the new ward at University Hospital Limerick.

"We don't yet know to what extent Western Building Systems was responsible or not, for the building defects found in the 42 schools they built for the State over the past number of years.

"Until these facts are established, I would have assumed current tenders from this company would be under review, and new tenders not accepted, until the full facts are established.

"I am extremely concerned that this news could result in delays for the new ward, which is critically needed at UHL.

"University Hospital Limerick is the most overcrowded hospital in the State, and more beds are urgently needed. We cannot afford any more delays.

"However, safety is paramount and value for public money is incredibly important. I would expect Minister Harris to address these concerns as a matter of priority.

"People in Limerick have waited too long for quality health care facilities; more delays and issues are not acceptable."

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