31 October, 2018 - Update on WBS Building Issues

The Department of Education and Skills wishes to provide an update on the programme of structural assessments at schools constructed by Western Building Systems (WBS) and the Department’s response to issues arising.

The Department confirms that initial on-site structural assessments in relation to all 42 schools constructed by Western Building Systems were completed yesterday.

The analysis of the data gathered has continued during the course of today, in consultations between the project managers, structural engineers and Department officials.  In some cases, further on-site inspections were also required today. 

The below table confirms the current position in relation to the 42 schools which have been subject to structural assessment. 

The table indicates the outcome of the assessments for a total of 29 schools and it is intended to provide clarity to the remaining schools tomorrow. 

The summary position, on the basis of all assessments completed to date, is:

  • 11 schools cleared to open in full without further intervention
  • 14 schools enabled to open in full following external intervention in the form of a fence around the building and protective decking
  • 3 schools in which the ground floor will be enabled to open following the implementation of internal engineering solutions and external interventions
  • 13 schools subject to ongoing structural assessment and analysis (outcome to be confirmed tomorrow)
  • Phase 1 of Ardgillan Community College closed

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. said:

“The outcomes of further structural assessments which we have received today are important in providing clarity to school authorities, students and parents. 

The advice I have received is that no other building has presented the same severity of structural issues as those identified in Phase 1 of Ardgillan Community College, which was built in 2009.”

Contractors have commenced work on site at five schools previously confirmed as requiring internal and/or external interventions. Teams are now mobilising to implement the necessary external interventions at other schools as outlined in the table beneath. The target is to have this work completed in the coming days. 

A later phase of this process will require further investigations and long-term remediation measures, where required.

The Department’s interim accommodation team has been working in close cooperation with the principals of Tyrrelstown ETNS, St Luke’s National School and Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan over recent days in order to confirm interim accommodation solutions for the classes which will temporarily be displaced from those schools.  Offsite interim accommodation arrangements have now been confirmed in principle and communications will issue from the schools shortly. 

A further update will issue tomorrow, 1 November. 

Summary of Structural Assessments to Date 31/10/2018

Schools cleared to open in full, without any internal or external   intervention

County

School   Name

Roll   No

Donegal

Letterkenny Educate Together National School

20235P

Dublin

Luttrellstown Community College

76130P

Dublin

Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Dublin 18

20425U

Dublin

Broombridge Educate Together National School

20453C

Dublin

Scoil Choilm Community National School, Porterstown

20241K

Dublin

Gaelscoil na Giúise, Firhouse

20412L

Dublin

Scoil Aoife Community National School, Citywest

20422O

Dublin

Firhouse Educate Together National School

20411J

Laois

Maryborough National School, Portlaoise

14838N

Meath

Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Dunboyne

20082Q

Wexford

St Joseph's Primary School, Gorey

18280I

Schools enabled to open in full, following external intervention in   the form of a fence around the building and protective decking

County

School   Name

Roll   No

Cork

Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Rochestown

20335T

Dublin

Scoil Chaitlín Maude,Tallaght

19872P

Dublin

Castlemills Education Centre, Balbriggan

n/a

Dublin

Lucan East Educate Together National School

20303G

Kildare

Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Athy

16705E

Kildare

Athy Model School (GP Hall Extension only)

06209J

Kildare

Gaelscoil    Átha Í (GP Hall Extension only)

20192A

Laois

Convent National School, Portarlington

15556I

Laois

Gaelscoil Phortlaoise

20081O

Laois

Portlaoise Educate Together National School

20347D

Meath

Coláiste De Lacy, Ashbourne

76196W

Meath

Gaelscoil na Mí, Ashbourne

20382F

Meath

St Paul's National School, Ratoath

20215J

Meath

Ashbourne Educate Together National School

20396Q

Schools in which the ground floor will be enabled to open   following the implementation of internal engineering solutions and   external interventions

County

School   Name

Roll   No

Dublin

Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School

20201V

Dublin

St. Luke’s National School, Tyrellstown

16675V

Dublin

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan

20223I

Schools subject to ongoing structural assessment and analysis

County

School Name

Roll No

Cork

Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty

20006A

Cork

Cara Junior (Special) School

20354A

Cork

Carrigaline Educate Together National School

20310D

Cork

St. Colman's Boys National School, Macroom

15597W

Dublin

Lucan Community National School, Balgaddy Rd

20426W

Dublin

Griffeen Valley Educate Together National school

20166W

Dublin

Rush and Lusk Educate Together National School

20176C

Dublin

St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne

20304I

Dublin

Belmayne Educate Together National School

20308Q

Galway

Galway Educate Together National School

20000L

Kildare

Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha

20428D

Westmeath

Mullingar Educate Together National School

20188J

Wicklow

Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath

20301C

School building closed

Dublin

Ardgillan Community College (Phase 1 only)

76129H