Wednesday 21 August 2019

Schools to reopen late due to structural repairs

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

A number of schools have warned they will not be able to open on the first day of term because of ongoing structural repairs.

The schools were all built by Western Building Systems and have been subject to remediation work after safety concerns were raised last autumn.

Now it has emerged that some believe they may not be ready to open on the scheduled first day of term. The principal at St Paul's NS in Ratoath has already decided that it will need more time.

Some 22 schools were included in the first phase of the works programme over the school summer holidays, which was designed to find permanent engineering solutions.

But separately, 17 other schools will also require works as part of the second phase of the programme. It is understood that there will be no delay in these schools reopening, but they will require temporary works such as fencing and scaffolding.

These are described as "precautionary measures" and permanent remediation work in these schools will be done over the summer holidays in 2020 and 2021.

The 17 are: Luttrellstown Community College; Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua; Broombridge Educate Together NS; Scoil Choilm Community NS, Porterstown; Gaelscoil na Giúise, Firhouse; Scoil Aoife Community NS, Citywest; Firhouse Educate Together NS; Lucan Community NS; Rush and Lusk Educate Together NS.

Outside of Dublin the schools are Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Dunboyne; Maryborough NS, Portlaoise; Letterkenny Educate Together NS; St Joseph's Primary School, Gorey; Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath, Greystones; Galway Educate Together NS; Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, Kildare; and Mullingar Educate Together NS.

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