Tuesday 17 September 2019

Principal 'regrets' timing of report

Gaescoil na gCloch Liath in Greystones. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gaescoil na gCloch Liath in Greystones. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gavin White

The principal of a school at the centre of the fire safety scandal has said it was disappointing that after "repeated requests" the establishment was only made aware of issues hours before they went public.

Rita Ní Thuathail, principal of Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath in Greystones, Co Wicklow, said the Department of Education has scheduled a meeting with the school to try to resolve the issues.

The school is one of five to have breached standards in a series of fire safety audits.

Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath made several requests for the report, but Ms Ní Thuathail said it was "regrettable" that the school received it just hours before being published on the department's website.

"We have been assured by the department that we will have detailed information as to the exact nature of the works to be carried out and the timescale," Ms Ní Thuathail told the Irish Independent.

Chairperson for the school's board of management, Bernie Ní Ógáin, has written to worried parents as the school has been inundated with calls.

"The principal and board of management wish to reassure you that there are no concerns around the health and safety of the school community," she said.

"The issues outlined in the report do not in any way find that the buildings are dangerous."

Ms Ní Ógáin said the fire officer in Wicklow County Council was consulted by the department during the assessment of the buildings and is fully aware of the issues outlined in the reports.

She said it is "unfortunate" that the media coverage pre-empted the school's ability to examine in detail the findings of the report before communicating with parents.

Irish Independent

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