Concerns are mounting for the future of a major construction firm MDY Construction based in Naas, Co Kildare, which is involved in building state-funded social and affordable housing projects.
One sub-contractor, RJS Scaffolding, has moved to remove scaffolding from an MDY site for 32 houses at Dunmurray Rise, Bishopsland, Co Kildare amid fears that they will not be paid the €140,000 owed to them.
John Regan of JRS Scaffolding said he had removed his equipment from the Kildare site because he could not take risks, given the scale of the outstanding debt.
A second sub-contractor, who did not wish to be named and who is owed more than twice as much as JRS, said he feared that if the debt is not paid, his own company could end up in liquidation.
As yet it has not been confirmed just how extensive MDY's debts might be, how many sub-contractors might be involved, or the potential impact on delivery times for the much needed social and affordable housing units.
MDY Managing Director Mel O'Reilly told RTÉ News that while the company is trying to resolve issues, it may not be able to do so.
He said he hoped to bring some clarity to the situation by Monday, but could not do so at present.
It is understood that MDY is also involved in another project for 56 social and affordable homes in Bray, Co Wicklow, as well as four apartment blocks in Rialto in Dublin.
Some of the developments are State-funded under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said it was aware of the situation.
However, it said it was a matter for the local authorities and approved housing bodies concerned, as well as the construction company.
It said the local authorities and AHBs are examining a solution to the matter.
Kildare County Council said it was aware that the contractor constructing housing units on their site at Dunmurray Rise, Kildare town, was not present on site this morning.
It said the council has taken measures to secure and control the site and is dealing with contractual matters in relation to the site.