Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Michael Moynihan has called for clarity on the progression of the new primary school in Kanturk.

Last month, it was claimed that the OPW has given approval to put the school project out to tender. However, the Education Minister informed Deputy Moynihan this week that the tender documents have not yet issued.

“It has taken us a long time to get the green light for this school, and I want to pay tribute to the parents and the local community groups who have gotten us to this point. Without their hard work and determination, the project would not have gotten off the ground”, said Deputy Moynihan.

“However, I am concerned about the mixed messages which we’re getting about progress on the school building itself. On the one hand, we have claims that approval has been given to put the project to tender, while in direct correspondence with me, Minister Joe McHugh confirms that “the tender documents have not yet issued due to the necessity to make a technical specification amendment to them”.

“This is a very important project in the local community and I want to ensure that it is progressed as quickly as possible, however I am concerned about the mixed messages which have emerged over the past number of weeks.

“I am seeking assurances that this project will be progressed without any further delay and I will be contacting the Minister again to clarify the current situation”, concluded Deputy Moynihan.