01 November, 2018 - Update on WBS Building Issues

The Department of Education and Skills confirms that the outcomes of the structural assessments conducted on all schools constructed by Western Building Systems have now been received.

The table beneath indicates the outcome of the assessments for all 42 schools. 

The summary position is:

  • 19 schools cleared to open in full without intervention
  • 19 schools enabled to open in full following external precautionary measures in the form of a fence around the building (or part of the building) and protective decking
  • 3 schools which will be enabled to open, initially at ground floor level only, following the implementation of internal engineering solutions and external precautionary measures
  • 1 building (part of Ardgillan Community College) closed

Confirming the outcome of the assessments, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. said:

“The project managers, structural engineering teams and Department officials have been working intensively to enable the finalisation of all structural assessments today and to give the necessary clarity to school authorities and communities.

Right throughout this process, our overriding priority has been the safety of school students and staff.  This has led us to adopt a very cautious approach and to initiate precautionary interventions where structural issues have been identified during the assessments. 

In cases where precautionary external or internal interventions are being implemented, this is with the purpose of ensuring the safe occupation of all or part of the building, and ensuring that disruption to classes is minimised.

The next phase of the process will involve more detailed assessment and, where required, permanent remediation works to fully rectify any issues arising.”

By tomorrow, contractors will have mobilised to implement precautionary measures at all schools where this is required.  The target is to have these interventions completed in time to facilitate schools reopening after the mid-term break.  Arrangements are in place to ensure that school principals concerned are kept fully informed of progress on a daily basis. 

More detailed investigations and any necessary permanent remediation work will be dealt with in a follow-up phase.  

Summary of Structural   Assessments   01/11/2018

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

School Name
Roll No
DonegalLetterkenny Educate Together National School20235P
DublinLuttrellstown Community College76130P
DublinGaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Dublin 1820425U
DublinBroombridge Educate Together National School20453C
DublinScoil Choilm Community National School, Porterstown20241K
DublinGaelscoil na Giúise, Firhouse20412L
DublinScoil Aoife Community National School, Citywest20422O
DublinFirhouse Educate Together National School20411J
DublinLucan Community National School, Balgaddy Rd20426W
DublinRush and Lusk Educate Together National School20176C
DublinSt. Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne20304I
DublinBelmayne Educate Together National School20308Q
GalwayGalway Educate Together National School20000L
KildareGaelscoil Mhic Aodha20428D
LaoisMaryborough National School, Portlaoise14838N
MeathGaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Dunboyne20082Q
WestmeathMullingar Educate Together National School20188J
WexfordSt. Joseph's Primary School, Gorey18280I
WicklowGaelscoil na gCloch Liath20301C

19 schools enabled to open in full, following external precautionary measures in the form of a fence around the building (or part of the building) and protective decking


School Name

Roll No

CorkScoil Phádraig Naofa, Rochestown20335T
CorkGaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty20006A
CorkCara Junior (Special) School - required at one part of building only20354A
CorkCarrigaline Educate Together National School20310D
CorkSt. Colman's Boys National School, Macroom15597W
DublinScoil Chaitlín Maude,Tallaght19872P
DublinCastlemills Education Centre, Balbriggann/a
DublinLucan East Educate Together National School20303G
DublinGriffeen Valley Educate Together National school (2003 Phase only)20166W
KildareScoil Phádraig Naofa, Athy16705E
KildareAthy Model School (GP Hall Extension only)06209J
KildareGaelscoil Átha Í  (GP Hall Extension only)20192A
LaoisConvent National School, Portarlington15556I
LaoisGaelscoil Phortlaoise20081O
LaoisPortlaoise Educate Together National School20347D
MeathSt Paul's National School, Ratoath20215J
MeathColáiste De Lacy, Ashbourne76196W
MeathGaelscoil na Mí, Ashbourne20382F
MeathAshbourne Educate Together National School20396Q

3 schools which will be enabled to open, initially at ground floor level only, following the implementation of internal engineering   solutions and external precautionary measures


School Name

Roll No

DublinTyrrelstown  Educate Together National School20201V
DublinSt Luke’s National School, TyrRelstown16675V
DublinGaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan20223I

1 School Building Closed

DublinArdgillan  Community College (Phase 1 only)76129H