The new building of secondary school Coláiste Ráithín, located in Bray Co Wicklow, has been completed – but the principal says that he hasn’t been handed the keys.
Speaking on Morning Ireland, Gearóid Ó Ciaráin said “our school is complete at this stage, all the final fixings have been done so we’re somewhat alarmed this morning at the possibility of workers moving off the site”.
“The school is ready to move into, we’re in dire straits here, so its outrageous we can’t move into it.”
The principal said that he was due to be handed the keys in November, but that was delayed until December, and delayed again until last Monday. He still hasn’t received the keys and doesn’t know when he will.
Colaiste Ráithín had taken on extra teachers for home economics and PE because they “wanted to hit the new building running” according to O Ciaráin. He said “now the home economics teacher brings her own iron in from home in order to try and keep it going in an ordinary classroom, no cooking facilities at all, and she’s very worried that she cannot comply with the normal curriculum.”
The school’s PE teacher has “no fields, no place in which to do PE”, there’s “no equipment whatsoever” for technology classes, and that pupils and their parents are getting “very fed up with this at this stage”.
The future of the school is unclear after building company Carrilion—who is building the school on behalf of the Government—went into liquidation last week.
Carillion is also responsible for St Philomenas in Bray, and three other schools in counties Carlow, Meath, and Wexford.
The Department of Education and Skills announced last week it is aware of the compulsory liquidation of Carillion. They stated they are currently assessing the implications of the Carillion liquidation for this contract.
The Department added that it “remains committed to the full completion of these schools in as timely a manner as possible.”
For more see last weeks article: “Future of schools hang in balance after building company collapses”