McDonald slams Education Minister for delaying works at Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club

Local TD Mary Lou McDonald has sought an urgent meeting with the Minister for Education and Skills following the revelation that completion of work at Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club is to be further delayed.


The Sinn Féin leader said:


“When I raised this important matter with the Minister for Education and Skills in the Dáil this week he refused to deal with the questions raised.


“Following the collapse of Carillon earlier this year subcontractors walked off site at Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club in Cabra due to non-payment for works completed.


“Sammon, the main contractors for the Naomh Fionnbarra project, were recently placed in examinership as a result of significant monies owed to the company by Carillion.


“It would take less than two weeks to complete the works at the Club, with just the pitch to be laid and some work on fencing and lighting. The pitch itself is sitting in a subcontractor’s warehouse.


“It was hoped that the examinership process would result in a swift resolution with works at the Club completed in the coming weeks.


“I’ve now learnt that the Minister for Educations and Skills has in effect fired Sammon from the project and intends to retender for the minor outstanding work.


“This decision will delay completion of work on the pitch for at least four months if not longer, work that would take just days to complete.


“Speaking in the Dáil today I called on the Minister to reconsider his decision to open up a new tender for this minor work.


“The Club and local community need their pitch and the ongoing delays were and are avoidable and inexcusable. I’ve also written to the Minister to request that he meet with me and the Club as a matter of urgency.” ENDS