KWETB notes the statement made by Minister Bruton on the school building project at Maynooth, Co, Kildare during the adjournment debate held on 26 May 2016 in the Dáil. KWETB welcomes the fact that the Minister comprehends the urgent need to deliver this project. KWETB also welcomes the statement by Minister Bruton that “the Department [of Education and Skills] is completely committed to the delivery of the new school buildings for Maynooth.”
The Maynooth Education Campus project is the largest to be undertaken in any single development at second level. KWETB has invested significant expertise and resources to realise this important development for the Maynooth catchment area.
On 30 May 2016, KWETB had a positive and productive meeting with representatives of the Department of Education and Skills in relation to this project. The Department officials confirmed:
- That the Department is fully committed to the project and that the funding for the project is in place. The development of both schools will proceed in tandem.
- KWETB and the project Design Team will initiate the re-tendering process at the earliest possible date.
- A further meeting will take place between the project Design Team and Department officials to address any outstanding technical issues.
- In the interim, current and future accommodation shortfalls will be addressed as a matter of urgency. These solutions will be identified in consultation with KWETB and the principals of Maynooth Post-Primary School and Maynooth Community College.
While it is disappointing that the project is to be re-tendered at this late stage in the process, KWETB is confident that the technical issues referred to can be addressed in a timely manner.
This project underwent a rigorous independent cost-benefit analysis process by consultants, the conclusion of which is that the project, as proposed, offers the best value for money. The process also met stringent standards of assessment for such projects laid down by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Department of Education and Skills officials confirmed that they were satisfied with the conclusions of this report.
KWETB wishes to assure the school communities of Maynooth Post-Primary School and Maynooth Community College that it remains fully committed to this project. KWETB will continue to make every effort, in consultation with officials from the Department of Education and Skills and the project Design Team, to expedite the delivery of this vital project.