Kehoe asks Education Minister to set up meeting between NDFA and Wexford sub-contractors

Minister Paul Kehoe has asked Education Minister Richard Bruton to set up a meeting between the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and the Wexford sub-contractors affected by the situation surrounding Loreto secondary school.

Minister Kehoe has today visited sub-contractors on the site in Wexford town at lunchtime today.

He has also confirmed that Minister Bruton met other sub-contractors affected by the collapse of Carillion and the liquidation of the Sammon Group in Carlow today.

Minister Kehoe has also asked his Cabinet colleague to set up a meeting between sub-contractors and the NDFA, the statutory body that advises the State on funding public investment projects.

“The liquidation of the Sammon Group and Carillion Construction has had a knock-on effect beyond the school projects that they were building.  It is unfortunate and regrettable that suppliers and sub-contractors have also been affected,” Minister Kehoe said after meeting the sub-contractors.

“For all of those involved this is a very difficult time, with many smaller employers being left out of pocket as a result of the collapse of these two companies.  Due to the arrangements in this particular case the Department of Education was not party to any of the contracts with subcontractors.

I have directly raised by concerns about the impact on sub-contractors with my colleague, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, TD, and asked that the legislation in this area is reviewed so that better protections can be considered.  The situation that has developed is one that is outside of the control both of Government and the subcontractors who have been affected by the collapse of these companies.

“That is why I have asked Minister Bruton to set up a meeting between the NDFA and the sub-contractors involved.”