Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, has had extensive meetings at Department of Education level in an effort to arrive at a speedy solution to the stalemate resulting from the cessation of work on the extension to the Loreto Secondary School building at Granges road, Kilkenny “I have had meetings with the sub contractors, the Minister for Education and the Department’s Secretary General in order to seek a speedy solution as well as protecting the jobs of the sub contractors”, said Minister Hogan. “I have asked the Department to examine ways of dealing urgently with the issue without going through a major re-tendering process,” he added.
John Paul seeks answers
Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan plans to meet Education & Skills Minister, Ruairi Quinn this week in an effort to ensure building work recommences as soon as possible. He will also be voicing the concerns of other parents from the city and county who’ve found the scramble for first year places for their sons for September 2013 more stressful than ever this year.
Deputy Phelan says it is critical now that no further time is lost on the Loreto site and that over 150 sub-contractors who had been working on there are not left out of pocket and the project is completed, without extra cost to the community or the tax-payer.