Carlow schools affected by Sammon Construction collapse finished by December

Many sub-contractors have been left unpaid after the company went bust

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Carlow schools affected by the collapse of Sammon Construction will now be completed in December. 

New contractors are now on three sites, and the schools – Loreto College, in Wexford, and Coláiste Raithín and St Philomena’s Primary School, in Bray, Co Wicklow – are on track to be completed by August and open in September.

Three further buildings are scheduled to be finished by December – Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Meath, Tyndall College in Carlow, and Carlow College of Further Education.

Appearing before the Oireachtas Finance Committee on July 26, David Corrigan – Head of Project Management at the National Development Finance Agency - confirmed that the replacement contractor, Woodvale, will undertake a survey and preliminary works during the summer in Carlow. 

He said this will provide a detailed scope of works to enable the contract arrangements to be finalised for the completion of these schools by the end of December.

Works came to a halt last January and a number of Carlow sub-contractors have been left out of pocket after the company went into liquidation – when the UK-based Carillion Construction went bust.

Irish company, Sammon, had been subcontracted by Carillion to carry out the building work on its behalf. But Sammon went into liquidation in June. 

Sub-contractors who had been working on the sites are still owed substantial amounts of money.