“20 year wait for amalgamation of Cahir National Schools almost at an end,” Mattie McGrath

Press Release

17-01-2019

 

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the long-awaited amalgamation of Our Lady of Mercy Primary School and Cahir Boys National School is now at an advanced stage. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, confirmed to him the building project when complete will deliver a new 16 classroom primary school with special needs unit:

 

“These Schools have been waiting almost two decades for the completion of this project.

 

It is staggering to realise we have seen 10 Ministers for Education come and go in that time. That is extraordinary and profoundly unjust.

 

The Minister has now confirmed to me however that the project is currently at Stage 2b of the architectural planning process – detailed design stage.

 

The statutory consents including planning permission, disability access certificate and fire safety certificate have also all been granted.

 

The process of Pre-Qualification of contractors for the project in question is now actively underway. This should only take 6-8 weeks.

 

This will end in the compilation of a shortlist of suitable candidates, after which the project will then be progressed to tender stage which normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.

 

This timeline must be escalated to the greatest extent possible, because as I say, the schools have demonstrated the patience of Job in their two decade long wait,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

 

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For Written Answer on : 15/01/2019

Question Number(s): 380 Question Reference(s): 1594/19

Department: Education and Skills

Asked by: Mattie McGrath T.D.

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QUESTION

 

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the amalgamation of the national schools in Cahir, County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

 

I wish to advise the Deputy that I understand the the amalgamation process involving the schools, referred to, will be finalised with the delivery of the major school building project.

The building project will deliver a new 16 classroom primary school with special needs unit. The project is currently at Stage 2b of the architectural planning process – detailed design stage. The statutory consents including planning permission, disability access certificate and fire safety certificate have been granted.

The process of Pre-Qualification of contractors for the project in question is underway.  The pre-qualification process culminates in the compilation of a shortlist of suitable candidates for each respective discipline. The project will then be progressed to tender stage which normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.

 

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