CONSTRUCTION on the major â‚¬5.5m extension of Ard Scoil Ris secondary school on the North Circular Road has halted, as the company behind the project has temporarily laid off more than 450 workers around the country.
The Galway company, Cordil Construction, has shut down all of its building sites as they claim to be owed â€œsubstantial moniesâ€ for Department of Education and HSE building projects.
The company said there is now has a two-week â€˜windowâ€™ to secure bank funding and save the jobs.
Up to 30 jobs are currently hanging in the balance in Limerick at the schoolâ€™s site.
The local branch of SIPTU said staff turned up for work last Wednesday to be informed the project on was on â€œlockdownâ€.
The Limerick council of trade unions have also expressed concerns about the procurement processes for such works, saying low priced tenders are leading construction companies out of business.
Cordil were previously behind the construction of Patrick Punchâ€™s hotel and Lidl in Castletroy.
At Ardscoil Ris, a number of sub contractors have removed their equipment and building materials from the site, which is 75 per cent complete.
Principal Brid de Brun told the Limerick Leader â€œit is too early at this stage to say what is going to happenâ€, but they hope to have a clearer picture by Monday.
The redevelopment includes a new library, canteen, 16 new classrooms, five new science rooms and specialist subject rooms for its growing student population, now in the region of 700.
In a statement, the management of the school said they regretted the suspension of works, but they have had a very positive working relationship with Cordil, who have completed the first phase of the schoolâ€™s building programme.