Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement by Minister Jan O’Sullivan that Cloonakilla NS is to proceed through the Department’s planning process to tender stage over the coming weeks. However he has warned that it is imperative that construction starts “as soon as possible”.
“While I welcome the progress on the project, it is vital for the pupils, teachers and the local community that construction is not delayed by the type of tender used to appoint the contractors,” stated Denis Naughten.
“It is a ‘shovel ready’ project and should proceed immediately. My fear is that the project could now be grouped with other schools which are not as far advanced as the Cloonakilla NS project and this could slow down the start of the construction phase.
“Pupils, staff and parents have lost out because of the mistakes made by the Department of Education in the past and they cannot be penalised any longer,” concluded Denis Naughten.