Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Department of Education and Skills
241. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 381 of 15 January 2019, the prequalification fulfilments of the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, in view of the fact that the prequalification document was completed and sent to his Department in 2016; and the reason for the delay. [6486/19]
242. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 381 of 15 January 2019, the steps he is taking to fast-track the provision of a new school building at a school (details supplied). [6487/19]
248. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the extension and refurbishment of a school (details supplied) will proceed to the tender and build stage; if the school will be granted rapid build status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6555/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 241, 242 and 248 together.
As the Deputies may be aware, the project to which they refer has been devolved for delivery to the local Education & Training Board (DDLETB). That remains the case.
My Department acknowledges that the delivery of this project has taken longer than originally envisaged. Most recently, a number of issues, primarily of a legal nature, have arisen in respect of the process for the pre-qualification of contractors as referred to by the Deputy. I can inform the Deputies that, having considered these issues and liaised with my officials in that respect, DDLETB is now proceeding with a revised pre-qualification process.
Once this prequalification process is completed, the project will proceed to tender stage.