File photo of worker at Western Building Systems’ site

Emma O’Kelly reports on RTÉ:

Overall €40 million has been spent by the State so far on remediation works in dozens of schools [built by Co Tyrone-based company Western Building Systems] where fire safety breaches and structural defects were discovered, RTÉ News has learned.

The figure is expected to be contained in an update that the Minister for Education Joe McHugh is expected to give to the Cabinet at its weekly meeting later this morning.

…However, the €40m bill will rise over this year and next. Work on structural repairs to eight more schools is due to begin in the New Year. Plans are being drawn up for repairs to a further 17 schools, where work is expected to begin next summer.


Eamon Melia tweetz:

The Govt have spent €40 million on repairs to new schools built by Western Building systems yet still awarding state contracts to that company. Something not right here.


€40m spent by State on school building remediation works (RTÉ)

Previously: Western Building Systems on Broadsheet

12 thoughts on “Best Western

    1. Otis Blue

      “Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men;
      Some will rob you with a six-gun,
      And some with a fountain pen.”

  1. Janet, I ate my avatar

    why isn’t the company being sued or being forced to fix it if they cocked it up, redress ?

    1. Increasing Displacement

      because some idiots signed off on the buildings
      they should be in the bin along with the ministers involved

      country is a joke

    2. italia'90

      because that is not how it works here I’m afraid Janet
      You can bet that WBS didn’t bulid any of these schools
      They employed a subbie to do it
      ABM Group here in Swords wouid be the usual suspects from my experience

      You might need to know their poitical links to the FFG&SF kleptocrats in local and national government
      Ask Dan Boyie how it works and if he says he doesn’t know, he’s being economicai with the truth
      Cork CC is the most blatant for this corruption – nobody beats a CES tender down there!
      I’ve tried many times

      WBS has a very interesting silent partner that I’m aware of
      I’ve worked on site where they were the contractors here in Dublin and elsewhere

      one of ABM’s directors is Cobbetts Limited of Manchester, well known in the Isle of Man, Bahamas and Panama
      of course a real journalist in Ireland would have investigated these guys already, but then again we don’t have any good journalists in Ireland, just disinformation via opinionated corporate propagandists!

        1. italia'90

          Such a coincedence on Broadsheet today
          The nephew of the silent partner I know about in WBS is pictured in KK in a later post ;)
          Ya couldn’t make this up ffs

    1. Qwerty123

      Agreed, we still have the same self certification like the last boom. Our nearest neighbours, the council inspect building work at various stages.

      I wonder why we pay the LPT and what the councils do at this stage.

  2. Ron

    The reason they still get contracts awarded to them by Government is the daw jawed Irish electorate continue to support the political filth by re electing them. There are zero consequences. Why would they stop?

  3. Kolmo

    It’s the apparently mindless “just-in-time/lean/agile” project business model that is causing the problems, 1. Let a situation become a national crisis 2. Announce a rushed, half-assed plan 3. Pay contractors an inflated fee to implement the half-assed fast-tracked plan 4. result: Crisis-driven design and construct schedule with inevitable over-runs, unsafe sub-standard rushed construction work, voila. Half-Assed, Short-Term, Magic-thinking, Max-profiting chaos, who does that benefit?

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