12 December, 2018 - Minister McHugh confirms initial precautionary measures in classrooms at Schools built by Western Building Systems have been completed

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has confirmed that precautionary measures at classrooms in Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School, St Luke’s National School Tyrrelstown and Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan have been completed.

“I want to send a message of thanks to the principals, teachers, support staff, pupils and parents at the three schools where work has been completed to ensure classrooms can reopen,” Minister McHugh said.

“Construction teams have been working over evenings and weekends in recent weeks to ensure the necessary works are completed.

“This morning I visited Tyrrelstown ETNS and met Vice-Principal Emma McCabe, and also St Luke’s NS where I met Principal Vivienne Bourke, to see first-hand how the schools were running and to hear their plans to bring all pupils back to their original classrooms.

“Everyone involved with the schools, the staff, pupils, parents and all those who work with the Boards of Management and the wider school community deserve huge credit for the support and determination they have displayed to minimise disruption.”

Minister McHugh added: “I have also visited Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada which was able to reopen all classrooms sooner than the other two schools.”

Precautionary safety measures were taken at 22 schools around the country after a programme of structural assessments was carried out on schools constructed by Western Building Systems.

Following the safety measures carried out in recent weeks Tyrrelstown ETNS, St Luke’s NS and Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada have all been facilitated to reopen classrooms on all floors.

The table beneath sets out the list of schools at which external and/or internal precautionary measures were required.

Minister McHugh said: “The next phase of the Department’s work to address structural issues is now being planned. Our aim is to maximise periods of time when schools are closed, for example during the summer holiday period, to progress any structural improvements that need to be carried out.

“In the meantime, the Department will also progress the planned independent review of the Design and Build programme.”

 

Summary of Structural Assessments 01/11/2018

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

County

School Name

Roll No

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

Meath

Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Dunboyne

20082Q

Laois

Maryborough National School, Portlaoise

14838N

Dublin

Scoil Aoife Community National School, Citywest

20422O

Donegal

Letterkenny Educate Together National School

20235P

Dublin

Firhouse Educate Together National School

20411J

Wexford

St. Joseph's Primary Scholl, Gorey

18280I

Dublin

Lucan Community National School, Balgaddy Rd

20426W

Wicklow

Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath

20301C

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

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

County

School Name

Roll No

Dublin

Scoil Chaitlín Maude, Tallaght

19872P

Dublin

Castlemills Education Centre, Balbriggan

n/a

Meath

St Paul's National School, Ratoath

20215J

Kildare

Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Athy

16705E

Kildare

Athy Model School (GP Hall Extension only)

06209J

Kildare

Gaelscoil Átha  Í (GP Hall Extension only)

20192A

Dublin

Lucan East Educate Together National School

20303G

Laois

Convent National School, Portarlington

15556I

Cork

Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Rochestown

20335T

Laois

Gaelscoil Phortlaoise

20081O

Laois

Portlaoise Educate Together National School

20347D

Meath

Coláiste De Lacy, Ashbourne

76196W

Meath

Gaelscoil na Mí, Ashbourne

20382F

Meath

Ashbourne Educate Together National School

20396Q

Dublin

Griffeen Valley Educate Together National school (2003 Phase only)

20166W

Cork

Gaelscoil Mhichíl  Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty

20006A

Cork

Cara Junior (Special) School - required at one part of building only

20354A

Cork

Carrigaline Educate Together National School

20310D

Cork

St Colman's Boys national School, Macroom

15597W

3 schools which were enabled to open following the implementation of internal engineering solutions and external precautionary measures

County

School Name

Roll No

Dublin

Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School

20201V

Dublin

St Luke’s National School, Tyrrelstown

16675V

 Dublin

 Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan

20223I

1 school building closed

Dublin

Ardgillan Community College (Phase 1 only)

76129H