Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says Minister Bruton needs to set out a detailed plan to ensure there are no unnecessary delays in completing a number of school building projects following the liquidation of the Sammon Group.

Deputy Byrne said, “I want to extend my solidarity to the 200 workers at Sammon Group. This is an extremely distressing time for them and today’s news comes after weeks of uncertainty surrounding the future of their jobs following the collapse of UK construction and services giant Carillion.

“Sammon is currently involved in the construction of a number of schools around the country. There are now concerns that these projects could be delayed indefinitely as a result of Sammon’s liquidation. This whole saga also highlights the need for a better system to ensure subcontractors get paid for the work they have carried out on State funded projects.

“Minister Bruton needs to set out what his Department is doing to get these projects back on track. These schools are badly needed and cannot be allowed to be delayed indefinitely. It’s nearly six months since the collapse of Carillion. While we all hoped that the Sammon Group could get through this crisis intact, Minister Bruton should have been preparing contingency plans nonetheless,” concluded Deputy Byrne.