Kilfinane NS to re-open following stand-off

Kilfinane National School is expected to open as normal this morning after agreement was reached late last night with sub-contractors who attempted to remove materials and equipment from the school yesterday afternoon.

Kilfinane National School is expected to open as normal this morning after agreement was reached late last night with sub-contractors who attempted to remove materials and equipment from the school yesterday afternoon.

A stand-off developed at the school shortly before 3pm yesterday when around 15 tradesmen began to remove furniture and fittings, claiming they had not been paid by the main contractor at the new school, which opened in September.

They said they had to take the drastic action as they are owed up to €140,000.

One of the sub-contractors, Mike Browne, said he is owed €14,000 alone. “Jobs are very tight, jobs are only paying the wages. I turned off the power,” he said.

However, the men were prevented by parents and teachers from leaving resulting in the stand-off which continued for several hours.

Gardai maintained a presence throughout and shortly before 6pm the school authorities were granted a High Court injuction by Mr Justice Michael Peart, requiring the men to leave the school property.

Once the court order was served on the men, negotiations took place in an effort to ensure that the school could re-open this morning.

Shortly after 9pm, an agreement was reached and the electricity was restored to the school building.

Work then continued into the early hours of this morning to return the various furniture and equipment which had been removed.

It is understood the sub-contractors will receive some of the money owed to them later today.

The Department of Education and Skills confirmed last night that the main contractor on the school project has been paid in full.