THE long and much publicised wait for a new primary school building in Kilfinane looks set to continue following the appointment of a liquidator to the construction company behind the project.
Local people have been fighting for the new school for over 10 years, and the need for the building was first highlighted in a feasibility study in 1999.
Contracts were signed early last year and it was hoped to have the school completed by Easter of this year.
A dispute arose in recent weeks between sub contractors at the site and the main contractor, Ollie Kenny Limited which was placed in liquidation on Wednesday.
“The Department of Education and Science is keen to proceed to the next stage as quickly as possible in order to complete the project. This will involve re-tendering for the work to be completed,” said principal Siobhan O’Flynn in a letter which was sent to parents of children attending Kilfinane NS.
The archaic conditions of the present school have been well publicised in local and national news in recent years. The present building is a 19th century church that was remodelled as a school in 1887, and had its last major refurbishment in 1909.