School building projects suffer as Govt pay over the odds for site – Byrne

Published on: 12 August 2019

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has said the latest purchase made by the Department of Education, in which they paid over the odds for the Cathal Brugha Street college, gives the appearance that the Department are using their budget as a slush-fund.

Deputy Byrne said school building projects, which are already at a record low, will continue to suffer, as the Department spends over the odds on land acquisition.

He said, “The Cathal Brugha Street college was initially put up for sale for €12 million. The Department have now purchased it for twice that, which represents the single most expensive school site purchase of 2018.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this happen. Last year the Department of Education also paid almost double the estimate for the Harold’s Cross greyhound stadium.

“This wiped out the debts of the Irish Greyhound Board which raises the serious question, why are Department of Education using their school building budget to fund the Irish Greyhound Board?

“In this instance the sale of the Cathal Brugha Street college will be used to fund its new campus on the Grangegorman site. The Minister is standing over the Department robbing Peter to pay Paul while other school building projects suffer.

“I look forward to hearing the Minister justify this latest squandering of much needed funds”, concluded Deputy Byrne.

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