Saturday 22 September 2018

Completion of two new post-primary schools in Kildare to be delayed following Salmon Group liquidation

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Completion of two new post-primary schools in Mayooth, Co Kildare will be delayed following the liquidation of the Sammon Group.

Maynooth Education Campus – to include  two 1,000 pupil schools - was due to open in 2019, but as a result of  the liquidation, the project  will have to be retendered. 

Work on the campus, which had a projected cost of €30m, started last year.

Other schools in which Sammon has been involved and which are almost complete, are expected to be able to open in  September, as the tender process to identify a replacement contractor to finish the work  and for facilities management  is at an advanced stage.

Education Minister Richard Bruton said the schools which were closest to completion “remain best positioned to be finished for September and all efforts are being made to achieve this.”

He added that the Department was also working with the school authorities on any necessary contingency arrangements for September

Sammon has expressed “immense sadness” at the appointment of the liquidator .

Mr Bruton expressed regret that it had not been possible to secure the survival of Sammon Contracting Ireland Ltd as a growing concern.

He said it would come as a particular blow to employees of the company and to its sub-contractors.

The minister has requested his Department to provide him with a critical path for the completion of the Maynooth campus project “and to consider how each stage in that critical path can be delivered as quickly as possible – while also ensuring that the quality and integrity of the project is fully protected.”

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