Completion of stalled Kilfinane school among building works planned for 2012

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

TWO Limerick school rebuilding projects that have fallen victim to the difficulties in the construction sector are to move towards completion in 2012, according to the Department of Education.

TWO Limerick school rebuilding projects that have fallen victim to the difficulties in the construction sector are to move towards completion in 2012, according to the Department of Education.

It looks like Kilfinane’s long wait for a new primary school will finally come to an end and a new contractor appointed to complete works which ground to a halt when construction company Ollie Kenny Ltd went into liquidation in June.

The extensive €5.5 million refurbishment of Ardscoil Ris in Limerick city is also on a list of schools issued by the Department of Education as going to construction this year.

Financial difficulties encountered by the builders Cordil during the summer meant that this project stalled at a time when only one quarter of the works were carried out.

As well as bringing these projects to completion, the department has also said two new school building projects - in Doon and St Munchin’s College - are to begin in 2012.

There is also good news for St Munchin’s College in Corbally, with confirmation from the department that a €7 million redevelopment is to go ahead. Acting principal David Quilter expects the work, which includes a new stand-alone sports hall, to start in the spring.

The project will see the old dormitories on the second floor converted into classrooms, laboratories and other specialist rooms. And it will allow St Munchin’s increase enrolment from 560 to 600 students in the coming years.