Mayor: Delays to Cork school a 'disaster' for families in the area

Mayor: Delays to Cork school a 'disaster' for families in the area

The Mayor of County Cork has written to the Minister for Education to request that a school campus development in Carrigtwohill is made a priority.

The Mayor of County Cork has written to the Minister for Education to request that a school campus development in Carrigtwohill is made a priority.

Cllr Mary Linehan Foley said delays that have impacted the Carrigtwohill school campus development, promised in 2012, have been a “disaster” for parents and students in the area.

The Mayor was speaking after it was revealed the project will not go to tender until 2021.

Carrigtwohill Community College is currently occupying a former office block and recently installed prefabs.

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

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.

“These delays have been a disaster for parents and students in Carrigtwohill,” said Ms Linehan Foley.

“I have written to Minister Norma Foley to ask why this project, which was promised as a rapid build, has been delayed so much.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said Minister Foley continues to engage with representatives in the area.

“Planning permission has been secured for the project and the Departments project management team are currently working on the preparation of the tender documents for the tender and appointment of a contractor.”

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