Tuesday 13 November 2018

Safety fears: Protest as children return to school

Worry: Alex Francis (7), of St Luke’s NS, Tyrrellstown, at a protest seeking more safety assurances. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Worry: Alex Francis (7), of St Luke’s NS, Tyrrellstown, at a protest seeking more safety assurances. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
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The last of the pupils waiting to return to school after the discovery of structural safety concerns in their buildings will be back at their desks today.

St Luke's NS, Tyrrelstown, west Dublin, is reopening its ground floor for junior infants, senior infants and first and second classes.

Pupils from third to sixth class returned yesterday, although they are being transferred to a nearby secondary, pending further structural investigations.

The reopening of St Luke's ground floor had been delayed because of concerns by parents about the protective measures put in place, including the quality of finish. Some parents staged a protest yesterday.

In a statement, principal Vivienne Bourke said the school patron and board of management had made the informed decision that the ground floor was safe.

St Luke's and the neighbouring Tyrrelstown Educate Together were deemed to need internal and external protective measures following recent assessments, and, for the time being, are restricted to opening their ground floors only.

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