Parked caravans have halted construction work at new Laois school

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Parked caravans have halted construction work at new Laois school

Construction at the new Scoil Phadraig in Portarlington. Photo: Michael Scully

Caravans parked illegally beside the site of a new school in Laois, have forced essential construction work to grind to a halt.

The caravans are parked for the past year on Canal Road in Portarlington, beside the site of the new school for Scoil Phadraig boys national school.

While construction of the school building is continuing, other work to build a perimeter wall, and install ducting to channel electricity and waterpipes to the site was stopped last week, in early August.

It halted inches from the caravans, according to Portarlington councillor Aidan Mullins.

Any delay will have a knock on effect of construction of the school and delay the completion date, due to be ready in February. 

Legal action by Laois County Council's planning enforcement section could take months, he said.

"I have met with site management and the school Principal Pat Galvin today at the site. We are demanding immediate action from the local authority, I don't want to see this taking months. Technically they are trespassing. 

"This school was wanted for the past 20 years, further delays will not be tolerated," he said.

ABM Construction is the contractor for the new school, on behalf of the Department of Education.

Scoil Phadraig, Portarlington currently is based between two old schools. The new 3 storey 24 classroom school will have a general purpose hall and 2 class Special Needs Units. The school is also fundraising to build an all weather pitch.