Saturday 21 September 2019

Browne told bypass will bring local jobs

James Browne TD.
James Browne TD.

By Maria Pepper

Fianna Fail TD James Browne has been assured that consideration will be given to the hiring of local labour and services on the multi-million Euro Gorey to Enniscorthy Bypass.

Anyone interested in working on the project is asked to contact the site office so that their names can be added to a list of available employees and subcontractors.

Deputy Browne raised questions about employment on the project after the groundworks scheme was sub-contracted to Portoguese company Ferpi, Transportes y Obras SA.

'My main concern is that there is no social dividend for Wexford and Enniscorthy or local employment on what is one of the biggest contracts in Europe. We had been told that 400 jobs would be created locally and I will be asking the Minister for Transport where they are,' he said.

The Enniscorthy deputy wrote to Irish company Bam Civil which is the main contractor along with Spanish partner Dragados in a 50/50 joint venture called M11 EJV (Enniscorthy Joint Venture) asking about local jobs.

Contractors' representative Pedro Jadraque replied to the TD informing him that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project was won by the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Company Ltd from a tendering competition by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in accordance with EU procurement procedure.

According to Mr. Jadraque, this company engaged the M11 EJV partnership of Bam and Dragados to undertake the construction of the road and in turn, M11 EJV awarded the earthworks package to Gorey Earthworks Ltd which is an Irish subsidiary of the Spanish company Ferpi SA.

'The personnel employed on the project meet the requirements of the scheme,' he said.

'As with all vacancies on this job, consideration will be given to local labour whether employed directly by us or our subcontractors,' said Mr. Jadraque.

'We are at the early stage of this project and there are many construction activities of different disciplines of work to be awarded. Therefore there are opportunities for tender process involving local firms and international firms which requires further labour.'

'To address the concerns of your letter we would ask that all those interested contact our site office on 053 9270590 or local recruitment/ government agencies. We will add them to our list of those who would be interested or available for this project as subcontractors or employees,' he said.

Deputy Browne had said that awarding the contract to Ferpi SA which set up Irish-registered company Gorey Earthworks in June, was in line with EU law on open market between member states, but there must be a level playing field in terms of wages and conditions which had to be in accordance with Irish legislation.

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