Disappointment at further delays for long-awaited school campus

Disappointment at further delays for long-awaited school campus

Labour Party TD Sean Sherlock.Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

A Cork TD has hit out at delays in a school campus project after it was revealed the development will not go to tender until next year.

Carrigtwohill Community College is currently occupying a former office block and recently installed prefabs amid delays to a proposed three-school campus in the area that was promised in 2012.

Delays have plagued the project, but planning approval for the Carrigtwohill campus was granted subject to appeal last April.

Then, on July 2 of this year, parents were informed that Cork County Council had granted planning permission after no appeals were sent to An Bord Pleanála.

However, in response to a query from Cork East Labour TD Seán Sherlock, education minister Norma Foley said the project will not go to tender until early next year.

Ms Foley said that construction of a significant road network to make the school sites accessible will need to be agreed with the local authority before construction can begin.

Mr Sherlock described the latest delay as “worrying”.

“It means that this project is shuffled further down the road,” he said. “It’s something that we’re very worried about and we will be pursuing this issue with the minister again, and asking that the project would be fast-tracked.

“It’s a worrying development — it just means a further delay, and we wonder why this has happened. I will continue to place pressure on the minister to deliver this project fast.”

A spokesperson for Cork Education and Training Board, patron of the schools, said: “The Department of Education and Skills has advised that planning permission has been secured for the project and the department’s project management team are currently working on the preparation of the tender document.”

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