Coláiste Ráithín in Bray, one of the five irish schools in limbo after the collapse of UK company Carillion, may not receive their new school building until September.
Carillion was contracted to build the schools under a public private partnership deal with the Government, which was then sub contracted to Irish company Sammon.
However, the State’s National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and Sammon have not been able to reach an agreement to finish the outstanding work, resulting in a new tendering process to find a new contractor being undertaken, which is due by April.
At a meeting between the State’s National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and Carillion’s former partner in the venture – Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF) – representatives of the schools involved were told that it is unlikely there will be physical progress on the projects until May.
All the buildings are now expected to be completed and ready for occupation by September, however Coláiste Ráithín’s new building in Bray are reported to be virtually complete.
Wicklow TD John Brady has called on the Education Minister Richard Bruton to take responsibility and ensure that Coláist Ráithín is handed over immediately and a clear time frame is laid out for the completion of the other schools.
TD Brady has been angered to the latest update as when the news broke of Carillion’s collapse in January, Minister Bruton stated to him that “there would be no delays in completing the schools.”
“It has been suggested that the earliest that the work will commence is May or June, however given the mess that has been created by the Public Private Partnership that’s very much questionable. The reality is that it’s going to be September at the earliest before Coláiste Ráithín will get their completed new school,” Brady said.