School forced to move after weekend fire
Hundreds of pupils have been forced to relocate for classes after part of their school was destroyed in a fire.
Staff and students at St Louis Secondary School in Dundalk, Co Louth, which was damaged in a fire on Saturday, are transferring to the campus of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) for the rest of the school year. Among them are around a dozen classes who will be sitting their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams next month.
Acting principal Michelle Dolan said: "The entire school will relocate for the next few weeks to DKIT and for the duration of the state exams.
"Providing excellent teaching and learning to our students is our priority, as well as providing a safe and calm learning environment for all, including exam candidates while they continue to prepare for state exams.
"We have had reassurance from the State Exams Commission that they have a procedure in place to deal fairly with the exam candidates who have lost project work in the recent fire and will work closely with the school this week," she added.
It is understood that a number of Junior Cert technology projects were destroyed in the fire.