Dear Minister….(follow up question)

by PTAadmin on February 23, 2017

Based on the response from the Minster we posed a follow up question and received the below response. Likewise our TDs have raised similar Parliamentary Questions.

Follow up question

Dear Minister

Thank you for your response to our email dated 15 February last

I refer to the sentence in your reply
“Currently matters are in hand to complete the necessary Financial Robustness element of the process and to update the Cost Benefit Analysis Report with the tender figures for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. ”

We will need to know who undertakes these two steps in the process and how long they are expected to take.

These two steps if not done in a timely manner and with a deadline date set out will hold up the issue of the letter of intent which is the next step on the projected timeline for the project.

It was at this stage of the project last time around that matters stalled and we cannot present your reply to the people of Maynooth unless more definite dates are included for these two steps of the process.

We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible with clarification as soon as possible,

Many thanks

Laura Delaney

Minister’s response to the follow up question

Dear Ms. Delaney

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D, has asked me to respond to your further email in relation to the new school buildings for Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

The Financial Robustness piece relates to an assessment of the financial strength of a preferred bidder to carry out the project.  This assessment is a requirement under the Public Spending Code for all projects costing in excess of €30m. Financial Robustness assessments are carried out by the National Development Finance Agency at the Department’s request.  The Minister is pleased to be able to tell you that this element of the process has been completed since your first enquiry.

As you are aware, the project is being delivered by the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) and, therefore, it has responsibility for the Cost Benefit Analysis Exercise.  This is being carried out on the KWETB’s behalf by external Consultants.  The Minister understands that the updated Report will be with the Department shortly for examination and onward transmission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Both of these processes can only be carried out when the Tender Report has been approved by the Department as it is necessary to know the preferred bidder before his/her financial robustness can be assessed and his/tender sums inserted by way of update into the Cost Benefit Analysis Report. These requirements under Public Procurements procedures were attended to as a matter of course once the Tender Report was approved.

For clarity, the previous tender process did not reach this stage as such because the original Tender Report was not approved by the Department.

Yours sincerely

Private Secretary

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