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Friday 19 January 2018

Troubled DAA safety contract runs miles behind schedule

Tom Lyons

Dublin Airport Authority has allowed a contentious upgrade of fire alarms, emergency lighting and PA systems drag on for twice as long as expected.

The multimillion project in Terminal 1 began in July 2010 and was due to finish in July 2011. But the DAA now admits: "Works are now expected to be completed in September this year."

The DAA disputed that the cost of the project had spiralled above €10m -- millions ahead of its original estimate.

"Should cost over-runs occur, DAA plans to seek recompense from appropriate third parties," the DAA said. The state agency said the delay was due in part to "two separate companies working on the project having financial difficulties unrelated to their work at the airport."

It also said that "unforeseen issues" arose during retro-fitting.

Delays were also caused by workers only being allowed to work for a few hours at night so as not to impinge on the operation of Terminal 1.

Suggestions that the DAA had mismanaged the contract and allowed costs to rise excessively were strongly denied.

Graham Projects and Lynskey Engineering, both large and successful firms, are the biggest contractors still working to complete the project. Neither would comment.

DeLapp Waller, consulting engineers, had been working on the project before they went into liquidation earlier this year. A number of other key figures working on the project have left. The DAA denied this would prevent the project being completed. "There is no issue whatsoever in relation to the final certification of this project," it said.

Sunday Indo Business

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