From top: Independents 4 Change TD Mick Wallace; Minister for Education Joe McHugh
In the Dáil.
As Minister for Education Joe McHugh and TDs made statements on the structural issues at Western Building Systems-built schools…
Independents 4 Change TD Mick Wallace said:
“How in God’s name did one company get so much State work? I’d love to know that. What kind of connections do they have to get so much work? I’d like to know that.
“…It’s so blatantly obvious that there are so many problems around how youse are doing things. I can’t for the life of me understand why no one gives a bollox like, I mean, why doesn’t somebody want to change it? Why doesn’t somebody want to address the inherent problems – the problems that have been there for years – because they can be fixed, you can do things different.
“…A guy in my office pulled out an article this morning, from October 2015. It says Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan confirmed she’s currently arranging safety checks on some facilities built by Western Building Systems which has constructed 26 schools for the State since 2008 after chronic problems were exposed.
“And in 2014 and 2015, the same company got more schools with the same Government. Why in God..Why would you give more work to a company that had proved itself to be doing poor work. Why would you do that? Can you answer that?
“Why does a company who has proved themselves not to be good get more work? I don’t understand that. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Here is a list of the 42 schools completed by Western Building Systems between 2003 and 2018 – 14 of which were built from 2015 on.
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