Construction of Kilfinane National School

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the completion of the construction of the new national school (details supplied) in County Limerick; if the school will open for the resumption of classes in September; and if he will clarify the situation regarding payment for work by subcontractors. – Dan Neville. Kilfinnane

* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 22nd June, 2011.

Reference Number: 16690/11


Minister Ruairí Quinn

My officials are aware of the issues which have arisen in relation to this school building project and are liaising with the Board of Management and the Design team in relation to next steps.

It is not possible at this stage to give an indicative timeline for the progression of the project; however my priority is to ensure that the project will be completed as soon as possible.

The contract for the project to which the Deputy refers is between the Board of Management and the main contractor. There is no contractual relationship between any of the sub-contractors engaged on this project and either my Department or the Board of Management.

In general all sub-contractors employed on school building projects are employed directly by the Main Contractor or indirectly by the Main Contractor through other sub-contractors. Payment to subcontractors is a matter to be dealt with under the terms and conditions agreed between the parties involved.