'Stupidity of the highest degree,' says Pat Smith over €185,000 spent on prefabs at Tyndall College

Planning permission was granted earlier this year for the six temporary classrooms

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The unfinished Tyndall College in Carlow

A local contractor - left out of pocket for works done on Tyndall College in Carlow - says the Government spending €185,000 on six temporary prefabs for the facility is "stupidity of the highest degree".

Carlow Live reported on Tuesday that six temporary prefabs are costing €185,000 as local contractors have gone unpaid for works done on the ill-fated secondary school.

Planning permission was granted earlier this year for the six temporary classrooms on the old Carlow Vocational School site.

The additional temporary accommodation arrangements, alongside the existing building, is to cater for increased enrolments, according to the Department of Education. 

Works came to a halt on Tyndall College last January when the UK-based Carillion Construction - which had sub-contracted the works - went bust.

The Irish company, Sammon, had been sub-contracted by Carillion to carry out the building work on its behalf as part of the Public Private Partnership, but Sammon then went into liquidation in June. 

Pat Smith of Smith Groundworks and Engineering is owed over €100,000 and he says if they paid the contractors the outstanding money the local contractors would have went in and finished the school and would have had it ready on time. 

"They'd rather give money away than pay us. It's stupidity of the highest degree."

Mr Smith previously spoke about the issue and said that he would go to jail over trying to get paid what he is owed. 

He encouraged the Government and new contractors, Woodvale, to engage with the local contractors on the issue and enter negotiations to find a common ground.