Completion plans for Coláiste an Chroabhín and St. Colman’s needed in light of liquidation of Sammon Group – O’Sullivan
June 24, 2018
Fianna Fáil Cork East Candidate, Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan has called on the Education Minister, Richard Bruton to set out a detailed plan to ensure there are no additional and unnecessary delays in opening the new buildings and extensions at Coláiste an Chroabhín, Fermoy and St. Colman’s, Middleton.
Cllr. O’Sullivan who is an Irish teacher at Coláiste an Chroabhín was commenting following the liquidation of the Sammon Group which has been responsible for a number of PPP projects across the country.
“Obviously, this is a sad time for the 200 workers employed by Sammon Group. However, we need to see strong action from the Minister to ensure that there are no further delays to the opening of the extension.
“With Sammon going into liquidation this week, there are very real concerns that the Coláiste an Chraobhín and St. Colman’s 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.
“Local communities are anxious for these projects to open as quickly as possible. There is a concern now that they would be ready to open by the start of the new academic year next September.
“Minister Bruton needs to set out what his Department is doing to get these locally important infrastructure projects back on track. These extensions and new school buildings 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 Cllr. O’Sullivan.