Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Michael Moynihan has hit out at delays to the construction of an amalgamated primary school for Kanturk, which still has not reached the construction stage.

Deputy Moynihan also expressed his fear that the project could be further delayed as a result of Fine Gael’s mishandling of the budget for the National Children’s Hospital.

“Plans for amalgamating St Colman’s Boys National School and the Covent Girls National School were first announced more than six years ago, but not one brick has been laid.  While I welcome the fact that enabling works have begun, there are serious questions to be answered as why it  has taken so long to get to this point”, said Deputy Moynihan.

“Given the debacle with the National Children’s Hospital, and Fine Gael’s inability to rein in costs or oversee the project properly, I am concerned that the delays to the school building in Kanturk may have been preventable.

“I asked the Education Minister what progress had been made on the project.  Minister McHugh was unable to tell me when the enabling works would be completed and signed off.  He was also unable to tell me when the tender for the main works would be awarded.  The notice on e-tenders was published on the 4th October 2018. The pre-qualification process was due to take six to eight weeks, but it is now almost 20 weeks since that date and no further information is available.

“I am calling on Minister Joe McHugh to give a guarantee that this school amalgamation project will not be affected by the cuts to Departmental budgets arising out of the National Children’s Hospital overspend.  This project has already been unacceptably delayed – any further issues will not be tolerated”, concluded Deputy Moynihan.