Wednesday, October 31, 2018

FOUR schools in Co Kildare are waiting for the outcome of structural safety inspections due to take place over the coming days.

Athy’s Model School, Gaelscoil Atha Í and Scoil Phadraig Naofa along with Gaescoil Mhic Aodha in Kildare town are part of a nationwide group of schools listed by the department as having possible safety issues. The schools were all built by the same contractor Western Building Systems using a similar method of steel frame and timber in fill.

Three schools in Dublin built by the company have been ordered to close with immediate effect over structural problems.

Letters were sent home from the Kildare schools informing parents that the assessments will take place during the midterm break but until then the department has advised that it should be business as usual.

At Athy Model School, which was built in 2011, concerns relate only to school hall which was built as part of the second phase of the development.

Athy Municipal District Cathaoirleach Cllr Aoife Breslin, who is on the board of Scoil Phadriag Naofa, said she hopes the school gets the all clear.

“The schools that have been closed are all three-storey buildings, maybe that has something to do with it? We won’t know more until the inspections take place. If there are issues they will have to be addressed immediately.”

Príomhóide of Gaelscoil Átha Í  Sorcha Ní Mhistéil advised that the department has no immediate concerns that there are any structural issues with the school.

Cllr Ivan Keatley, who is involved in the construction industry, said he hopes that if deliberate poor workmanship is to blame then those responsible be prosecuted.

“The sooner these inspections take place the better.

“You would have to wonder how they would get away with problems as obvious and glaring as the ones at these schools in Dublin,” he said.

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By Lynda Doyle
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