Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects Status
I can inform the Deputy that this project has been devolved for delivery to Westmeath County Council (WCC).
The ‘Roadmap for the Reopening of Society and Business’ published by Government includes certain construction operations for inclusion in the first phase of economic activity which came into effect on May 18th 2020.
Subject to compliance with the ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’, contractors may commence operations on site. The contractor must determine it is safe to commence working and be satisfied that it is in a position to meet the requirements of the Protocol and its contractual obligations.
Apart from the actual site shutdown of recent weeks, the impact on the construction programme of the project to which the deputy refers will only become more clear as the contractor recommences construction activity on site and adjusts to operating in the new environment.
The speed of completion of this particular project is also directly related to the level of resources employed on site and a continued high level of resources is essential for its timely completion. I can assure the Deputy that we are focussed on ensuring that all issues are progressed as quickly as possible while also ensuring that the quality and integrity of the project is fully protected.