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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Nine more Dublin schools now need safety work done

Firhouse Educate Together National School in south Dublin
Firhouse Educate Together National School in south Dublin

Nine Dublin schools will need temporary work in the coming weeks to ensure they are safe for the new term.

They are among 17 schools that need structural work as part of the second phase dealing with the fallout from the Western Building Systems (WBS) debacle.

WBS was at the centre of controversy last autumn when it emerged there were structural and safety concerns surrounding some of its school buildings.

The Department of Education identified 42 school buildings for review and work has already begun on 22 of them.

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Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan was closed.

The 17 schools form part of the second phase and will need work around the entrances as well as fencing and scaffolding in some cases.

It is understood there will be no delay in the 17 schools re-opening for the new term, but they will need temporary work.

These are described as being "precautionary measures", and permanent remedial work at these schools will be completed over the summer holidays next year and in 2021.

The schools are: Luttrells-town Community College; Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua; Broombridge Educate Together NS; Scoil Choilm Community NS, Porterstown; Gaelscoil na Giuise, Firhouse; Scoil Aoife Community NS, Citywest; Firhouse Educate Together NS; Lucan Community NS; and Rush and Lusk Educate Together NS.

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

Separately, safety work has been done on 14 different schools already this summer as part of the first phase of the plan. Some of these schools are now facing delays in re-opening in time for the new term.

A number of principals are understood to have contacted Education Minister Joe McHugh, warning they will not be ready. St Paul's NS in Ratoath made the decision weeks ago.

A spokesman for the minister said there was "no question of people being kept in the dark".

"Any decision on the opening day will be made by the principal in consultation with the school body," he said, adding that the department, engineers and schools were in contact.

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