Thursday, 3 October 2019
Department of Education and Skills
School Completion Programme
As the Deputy is aware, the project to which he refers has been devolved to Westmeath County Council (WCC) for delivery.
The Deputy will know that I am very familiar with the issues that have arisen with this project. I can now inform him that senior officials from my Department and Westmeath County Council (WCC) met with the relevant contractor last week. The meeting took place under the dispute resolution mechanisms set out in the Public Works Contract. Significant progress was made at that meeting and I, along with WCC, look forward to seeing significant progress on site in the coming weeks in that respect. As the conciliation process is ongoing, I am not in a position to say anything further at this time.