Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne TD, has said it is inconceivable that the Department of Education still have not commenced a review into the design and build programme almost four months after it committed to doing so.
Deputy Byrne explained, “Back in November, on the back of the Western Building Systems controversy, whereby structural weaknesses were found in 23 schools built by the company, the Minister committed to carrying out a review of the Department’s design and build programme.
“The review would look at procurement, quality control, workmanship, and oversight and it was hoped, ensure that nothing like this ever happened again. There was great upset and upheaval with parents not knowing if or where their children could go to school when remedial works were undertaken. There was further worry for many others that their children were spending their days in unsafe buildings.
“I recently asked Minister Mc Hugh through a parliamentary question when the review would be concluded. I couldn’t believe the response I received saying that the review hadn’t even commenced.
“No approach has been developed, no terms of reference agreed, and no external person to lead the review has been appointed. The Minister gave no indication of when these would be in place and we are none the wiser as to when the review will commence let alone conclude”, said Deputy Byrne.