Upwards of 200 parents gathered in the main hall of Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy on Thursday night last seeking information on the situation regarding the suspension of works on the school's extension.

The financial collapse of main contractor, Sammon, has brought the project to a standstill – it's estimated the extension is 80% complete.

The situation is complicated by the fact that the tendering process (to complete the building) has to start from scratch and it's anticipated it won't be ready to occupy for at least 12 months and possibly longer. 

The man charged with delivering the much-needed extension, Cork Education & Training Board's CEO Ted Owens, instead found himself confirming this bad news to a sceptical and sometimes hostile audience.

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