St Paul's school
The long awaited new school for St Paul's in Monasterevin is one step closer according to Kildare South TD Martin Heydon.
According to Deputy Heydon the Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed that the pre-qualification tender documents, which is the first stage of the tender process for St Paul’s, have been published on the department website. The pre-qualification tender process had been held up for the new school due to lengthy legal delays.
It was previously hoped that the new school would be delivered before the end of 2019 but a court case related to the tendering process late last year delayed the process. The Department of Education confirmed last November that the tendering for the new building for St Paul’s in Monasterevin had been postponed due to a legal case against the Department of Education and Skills.
According to Deputy Heydon however the Department of Education has now collapsed the legal process on advice from the Attorney General.
He added that an email has also been issued to the school authorising the recommencement of pre- qualification process for all interested parties to apply.
"This means that the new school can get back on track," Deputy Heydon said.
"The pre-qualification tender sets the project back in motion after lengthy legal delays. This is very significant as the project can no longer be stalled and is one step closer to completion. It puts to an end the legal delay that occurred for this badly needed school project and allows us to move forward with the vital next steps in the process."
A crisis meeting was held at the school last month to discuss the delays with the build including the new timeline for the building schedule from pre-qualification to tendering and building phase. Questions were also raised about when the acquisition of the land for the new school will be fully realised and most importantly, when will the new school doors will be opened to the students.
The school was built to accommodate 250 students and currently the pupil population stands at 444. The poor conditions for pupils and staff at the school have been described by the Action Group for the new school as 'Dickensian' and highlighted in both the local and national media and in the Dail.
The Department of Education have yet to comment.