Chief Fire Officer Dave Carroll
Tipperary County Council's Chief Fire Officer Mr Dave Carroll is hoping that the new Fire Station for Templemore will be completed before the end of the year after a lengthy delay following the voluntary liquidation of the original main contractor.
The matter was discussed at a meeting of Tipperary County Council this week having been raised by Cllr John Hogan who was critical of the appointment of the main contractor who has left a number of local sub contractors out of pocket.
“I find it very strange that this could happen and that the smaller sub contractors are left to carry the can. We need to be more robust in how we appoint contractors because it is unacceptable that this kind of thing can happen,” Cllr Hogan said.
Cllr Michael Smith agreed with Cllr Hogan and said that when Minister Simon Coveney arrived in Templemore, amid much fanfare, to announce the new fire station for the town, it was being heralded as a new dawn. But, the whole process has been a disaster, he said, and has left a very sour taste.
The Chief Fire Officer, Mr Carroll said that the circumstances were very unfortunate in relation to this project. The contractor had entered voluntary liquidation, he said, and pointed out that there were other far bigger projects on the contractors books at the time. Prior to appointing the contractor, the council did engage in a process of due dilligence in keeping with standard national guidelines, he said, and the voluntary liquidation was out of their hands. Unfortunately, and through no fault or responsibility of the council, some local contractors have been affected by the voluntary liquidation.
In the meantime, the process of finding another contractor to complete the project has moved faster than anticipated and there have been eleven expressions of interest.
“I am confident that we will be appointing a contractor by the end of June with the view to having the job completed before the end of the year. That's the timeline we are looking at right now,” Mr Carroll told the council members.