Major school building projects have been interrupted with the news that Sammon Contracting Ireland was placed into liquidation yesterday.
The Co Kildare based construction group employs more than 200 people directly and many more subcontractors indirectly.
Following on from UK contractor Carillion’s collapse, a company who owed Sammon Contracting Ireland €8m, financial troubles arose that could not be resolved.
Salmon Contracting Ireland was involved in the construction of the largest school building project within the State, totalling €30m. The Maynooth Education Campus project, which consists of two new 1,000 pupil post-primary school buildings, was due to be completed in May 2019.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton expressed his dissapointment over Salmon Contracting Ireland being placed into liquidation yesterday and noted with regret that it was not possible to secure the company’s survival.
“I know that this development will come as a particular blow to employees of the company and to its sub-contractors.
“Following the announcement of the liquidation, a retendering process will now need to be done to complete the school buildings.
“I have requested my Department to provide me with a critical path for the completion of this campus project and to consider how each stage in that critical path can be delivered as quickly as possible – while also ensuring that the quality and integrity of the project is fully protected.”