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Sunday 20 October 2019

Work on Wexford library to resume before end of year

COUNTY COUNCIL COMPLETE RE-TENDERING PROCESS

CONOR CULLEN

WORK on Wexford's new County Library will resume before the end of this year, Wexford County Council has confirmed.

The County Council has just completed the re-tendering process for the project, which has seen the shell of the new building lying idle on its town centre site in Mallin Street for almost a year now, since the collapse of Michael McNamara Construction.

However, Director of Services Tony Larkin has confirmed that the re-tendering process is now complete.

The contract has not yet been awarded, but there is a preferred bidder. Mr Larkin said the council could not confirm who it is until the contract is finalised, but it's understood that Mythen Construction from Clongeen are the preferred bidders.

Mythen's have been responsible for a number of successful projects with local authorities in Co Wexford in recent years, including the new public swimming pool at Ferrybank, Wexford, and the refurbishment of Enniscorthy Castle.

The contract is worth in the region of €2.5 million and it will be a 32-week build to complete what is anticipated to be a landmark building in the centre of Wexford town.

Mr Larkin said that the contract won't be awarded officially for another few weeks, but that 'construction will be underway by the end of the year'.

He said that following the 32-week build period an extensive fit-out will follow, but that - all going well - the new County Library will open its doors to the public in ' late summer' 2012.

Mr Larkin said the council will be very pleased to see the project, which has been beset by problems from the very beginning, progressing again after a year dealing with the fall-out from the collapse of McNamara Construction.

' This project has had its problems over the past number of years but the news that a local company has won the contract to complete construction is very good news indeed,' said Cllr George Lawlor.

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