Tuesday 17 October 2017

Contractor gives €2m of equipment to locals

Louise Walsh

CONTRACTORS behind one of the country's newest motorways are giving away almost €2m of their equipment to community groups and sports clubs.

SIAC/Ferrovial Agroman is offering prefabs, office furniture and other items which are no longer needed due to the completion of the M3 motorway project earlier this year.

A total of 17 units, estimated at €680,000 which were used as on-site offices at Kells, Co Meath, during the construction of the motorway have been taken by groups who only had to cover the cost of insurance and transport.

Meath VEC, Ballinlough GAA Club and Dunboyne Community Centre are some of the community associations which have snapped up the offer of free portacabins.

Over 30 more units -- valued at a further €1.2m -- have now become available at the company's Dunshaughlin site for other community clubs who may benefit from the extra space.

According to site procurement manager Oliver O'Neill, the move was aimed at "giving something back to the community after the disruption caused during the building of the M3".

"We've been about four years in Meath and a certain amount of inconvenience was caused to people so it's nice to be able to offer something back and it saves us having to store or destroy the units."

The company has also donated office furniture to Dunshaughlin Parish Hall and fencing to the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ballivor, Co Meath.

Estimates

Seamus McGee of Ballinlough GAA co-ordinated the delivery of many of the units, which he estimates cost up to €40,000 each new.

The Kells club took three of the portacabins for use as two dressing rooms and a gym.

Meath VEC CEO Peter Kierans said the educational authority were "delighted and very grateful to be offered the extra resources".

At present, a small 'snagging' crew remains on the M3 scheme which provided employment for up to 2,000 people at the peak of construction. Many of the staff are now working abroad with SIAC/Ferrovial on projects in places such as Texas.

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