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Thursday 15 November 2018

Motion on new Loreto gets short shrift

The school during construction
The school during construction

David Looby at Wexford County Council meeting

A motion calling for a debate on the certification of the Loreto schools buildings was given short shrift.

Cllr Tom Forde said: 'In light of the concerns raised by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and many unpaid subcontractors I request that a representative of Wexford's building compliance section is present at the next meeting of Wexford County Council to explain the council's role in the process and that an invitation is also extended to Seán Downey, director of specialist contracting with the CIF, to hear the very serious concerns that he has raised regarding the certification of buildings.'

Cllr Forde said he is delighted the students and staff are very settled.

Director of Services for Economic Development Tony Larkin said all of the correct procedures were followed, adding that the council is satisfied that the building was completed in compliance with the standards required. He said the CIF has raised no instances.

Cllr Willie Fitzharris said: 'There is a myth out there that Wexford County Council is the inspectorate for buildings but it's different to the UK. We have Irish and UK contractors and the perception is that Wexford County Council signed off on everything but it didn't.'

Mr Larkin said if people have concerns they can coordinate with CIF officials and a meeting can be arranged with a county council representative.

'We will meet with them. The building is in use with more than 700 kids. We have nothing to suggest there is anything wrong with the building. We have seen some statements from the CIF but they are generic. We asked for specifics but we haven't gotten anything back,' he said.

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