Nine years after it was first announced and with €315,000 already spent on design and other fees, there still hasn't been a block laid for the promised LMETB headquarters building on the site adjacent to St. Oliver's Community College.
Local Labour TD Ged Nash has slammed the ‘endless delays and prevarication’ on the development of a new head office building for the Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) in Drogheda.
“It has been nine years since I secured this project for Drogheda” he said, adding that “The endless delays and prevarication since 2016 are inexcusable.
“Replies from the Minister for Education confirm that a total of €314,000 has already been spent on design fees and other related issues, yet a foundation has yet to be dug at the site next to St. Oliver’s Community College.
“This has been the only State body HQ building secured for Drogheda in living memory. The 2016 to 2020 government and the present administration have a sin to answer for in allowing the momentum to drop on this project.
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“Nobody in government is holding the feet of officials to the fire on this vital project for Drogheda and there must be accountability for this.
“I welcome the progress report I secured this week but I am sceptical at the failure of the Minister to provide me with a timeline for the commencement of building works on the site and the completion of the project.
“In addition, I am concerned at her unwillingness to provide me with overall costings for the project.
“However, what we do know is this. If the project was built when it was first approved by Ruairi Quinn at my request, it would have cost much less to the taxpayer than it will today.”