Le­gal in­ter­ven­tion over new school sub-sta­tion

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WORK on an ESB sub-sta­tion for Coláiste Chú Chul­lain has been sus­pended fol­low­ing ‘ le­gal in­ter­ven­tion’, coun­cil­lors have been in­formed.

Con­struc­tion of the new 1,000-stu­dent school, close to the Marshes shop­ping cen­tre, is con­tin­u­ing.

How­ever, a sub­sta­tion to power the build­ing, lo­cated near to houses in Bishop’s Court, has been a cause of con­cern for some time.

And, be­cause of the le­gal sit­u­a­tion, coun­cil of­fi­cials would not be drawn on the mat­ter when it was raised by Cllr. Tomás Sharkey.

He said he would have pre­ferred to learn the sub-sta­tion work had been al­tered, rather than sus­pended.

There is no re­quire­ment for the sub-sta­tion to be in that lo­ca­tion, the Sinn Féin rep­re­sen­ta­tive con­tended.

‘It means there is a de­lay get­ting power to the school build­ing.’

He re­minded the meet­ing this is not an LMETB or De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion project, but a Louth county coun­cil project.

‘We, as a county coun­cil, have taken on the build­ing of a school, which is now tak­ing more time than it should, and there is po­ten­tial for de­lay.’

How­ever, se­nior en­gi­neer Pat Finn said, as the mat­ter is sub­ject to le­gal pro­ceed­ings, he is not in a po­si­tion to elab­o­rate fur­ther.

Cllr. Sharkey came back to ask, ‘ As project man­agers, when will be have elec­tric­ity in the build­ing?’

Di­rec­tor of ser­vice, Paddy Don­nelly, said it is be­fore the courts, and is sub ju­dice (un­der ju­di­cial con­sid­er­a­tion and there­fore pro­hib­ited from pub­lic dis­cus­sion else­where).

Cllr. Sharkey tried again. ‘ When will we get the keys?’

‘You should have come to the meet­ing, then you would know,’ Cllr. Maeve Yore in­ter­jected.

It was re­it­er­ated that of­fi­cials are not in a po­si­tion to ad­dress the mat­ter.

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