Fianna Fáil Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor has called on the Government to step up its efforts to assist the sub-contracts impacted by the collapse of construction company Sammon.

Senator Murnane O’Connor made the comments after a temporary High Court injunction was granted preventing subcontractors from blockading a number of sites in Carlow.

“It’s no surprise that Sammon sub-contractors felt the need to picket school sites here in Carlow when you consider they have essentially been abandoned by the Government. These sub-contractors have carried out significant work and have been left high and dry without any payment. They face the very real possibility of going out of business unless they get paid for the work they have carried out,” said Senator Murnane O’Connor.

“I understand the Government’s priority is to complete the unfinished work at Tyndall College and Carlow College of Further Education. It’s important that these facilities are open as soon as possible, but the Government can’t be allowed to just forget about the sub-contractors impacted by the collapse of Sammon. These sub-contractors need to be paid for the work they have already carried out. This must be a top priority for the Government.

“I will be working with my Fianna Fáil colleagues to bring forward a Bill to ensure sub-contractors on State backed Public – Private Partnerships are never left high and dry like this again,” concluded Senator Murnane O’Connor.