The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Thursday 6 June) confirmed that a remediation programme for 22 schools constructed by WBS will commence during the summer.
A series of information sessions for school authorities and management began in the Department of Education and Skills this week. The briefings will run over the coming days and will give an outline of the schedule of works and the nature of the remediation.
Precautionary measures were put in place in 22 schools last October and November to ensure their continued safe occupancy after structural issues were identified.
Detailed investigations subsequently took place in the schools, outside of school opening times to minimise disruption. They were completed recently, allowing engineering experts to design permanent remediation works for affected schools.
Minister McHugh said: “From day one, safety has been our number one priority. We are now able to outline when affected schools will have a contractor on site and we are also giving schools an explanation of what the work will entail.
“I am glad that we are now able to move into this phase of ensuring a permanent fix for these buildings.”
Briefings by the Department’s building unit have begun, with the first information session given to school patrons earlier this week and further sessions continuing with individual schools.
Minister McHugh said: “We have been clear from the start about the importance of keeping schools up to date in response to concerns about structural issues and providing them with as much clear information from the outset.
“The briefings are a chance for the Department to engage with school authorities, to share details of the remediation programme and the timetabling for the works which aims to make the most of the holidays.”
Minister McHugh also confirmed that planned detailed structural assessments of 17 schools, also built by WBS, which did not require initial precautionary measures, will take place this summer in parallel with the permanent remediation works at the other 22 schools.
Notes for Editors
A programme of initial structural assessments was carried out in October and November 2018 at 42 schools constructed by Western Building Systems.
The initial assessments resulted in precautionary measures being put in place at 22 schools as an interim response.
A specific remediation plan is being put in place for Ardgillan Community College, part of which remains closed.
Two schools in which structural issues were identified were already part of a plan to move into new school buildings and those schools have completed that move.
The Minister will provide further details of the remediation programme when all of the 23 schools on the programme, including Ardgillan Community College, and their patrons have been briefed.
Summary position following assessment of schools in October/November 2018
19 schools cleared to open in full without any internal or external intervention
Luttrellstown Community College
Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Dublin 18
Broombridge Educate Together National School
Scoil Choilm Community National School, Porterstown
Gaelscoil na Giúise, Firhouse
Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Dunboyne
Maryborough National School, Portlaoise
Scoil Aoife Community National School, Citywest
Letterkenny Educate Together National School
Firhouse Educate Together National School
St. Joseph's Primary School, Gorey
Lucan Community National School, Balgaddy Rd
Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath
Rush and Lusk Educate Together National School
St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne
Belmayne Educate Together National School
Galway Educate Together National School
Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha
Mullingar Educate Together National School
*Completed move to new school buildings
19 schools enabled to open in full following external precautionary measures
Scoil Chaitlín Maude, Tallaght
Castlemills Education Centre, Balbriggan
St Paul's National School, Ratoath
Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Athy
Athy Model School (GP Hall Extension only)
Gaelscoil Átha Í (GP Hall Extension only)
Lucan East Educate Together National School
Convent National School, Portarlington
Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Rochestown
Portlaoise Educate Together National School
Coláiste De Lacy, Ashbourne
Gaelscoil na Mí, Ashbourne
Ashbourne Educate Together National School
Griffeen Valley Educate Together National school (2003 Phase only)
Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty
Cara Junior (Special) School - required at one part of building only
Carrigaline Educate Together National School
St Colman's Boys National School, Macroom
3 schools which were enabled to open following the implementation of internal and external precautionary measures
Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School
St Luke’s National School, Tyrrelstown
Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan
1 school building part closed
Ardgillan Community College (Phase 1 only)