42 schools which are to undergo emergency structural examinations amid fears over safety have been named.
The schools were built by Tyrone-based firm Western Building Systems under the rapid build programme at the height of the Celtic Tiger.
Map by Marita Moloney
On Monday, the Department of Education confirmed it has launched an urgent structural review of the schools after serious structural problems were uncovered at Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Dublin, leading to the facility’s partial closure.
Yesterday, a second WBS school — Tyrrelstown Educate Together in Dublin — was also told it must shut.
Education Minister Joe McHugh said today that a structural review of a number of schools has shown an 80% chance of a wall falling out.
The Minister says students, parents and teachers should know by the end of midterm if their school has to join a number already closed and says teams will be working through the bank holiday weekend to examine the safety of the schools.
In a statement, Western Building Systems said: “It is our understanding that the assessment of school buildings initiated by the Department of Education and Skills is focussed on two issues – fire safety and building structures.
“We understand from public reports that the Department’s assessment involves a range of schools, including 42 schools which we either fully or partially constructed.
“It is important, not least for pupils, parents and teachers, that accurate information is firmly established as to the process now underway.
“In respect of the 30 fire safety inspections carried out by the Department, we have only received reports for 20 schools, responding to each in full. We continue to await receipt of the 10 outstanding reports. On the building structures, we have only received a draft report for one school.
"This afternoon, we were contacted by representatives of the Department inviting us to engage in the assessment process for Ardgillan Community College, Tyrellstown Educate Together National School and St Luke’s National School, Mulhuddart. These are the three schools that have been closed on the basis of structural concerns.
"We welcome this development as it allows for a better understanding of why these schools, previously deemed compliant by the Department, have now been closed. We note reports this evening that a similar assessment by the Department at another school is indicating that the school does not need to be closed."
The full list of schools under examination are:
Cara Jnr (Special) School, Cork City
Carrigaline Educate Together National School
Gaelscoil Chloich na Coillte, Clonakilty renamed GS Mhichíl Uí Choileáin
Macroom Boys National School
Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Rochestown
Letterkenny Educate Together National School
Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School
Lucan East Educate Together National School
Luttrellstown Community College
Rush & Lusk Educate Together National School
Scoil Choilm, Diswellstown,Porterstown (linked to Luttrellstown CC)
Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School
Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Firhouse Educate Together National School
Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan
Gaelscoil Teach Giuise
Lucan Community National School , Balgaddy Road,
Scoil Aoife Community National School, City West
Scoil Chaitlin Maude
Belmayne Educate Together National School
Broombridge Educate Together National School
St. Francis of Assisi, Belmayne
Ardgillan Community College
Castlemills Education Centre (formerly occupied by RN20269J Scoil Chormaic CNS) + Flemington Community Centre Balbriggan
St. Luke's NS Hollywood Road, Tyrrelstown
Galway Educate Together National School
Athy Model School
Gaelscoil Atha Í
Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha
Scoil Phadraig Naofa (New School)
Maryborough National School
Portarlington Convent National School
Portlaoise Educate Together National School
Ashbourne Educate Together National School
De Lacy College, Ashbourne
Gaelscoil na Mí, Ashbourne
Gaelscoil Tulach na Og, Dunboyne
St Paul's National School, Ratoath
Mullingar Educate Together National School
St Joseph's National School, Gorey
Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath (also now occupying former ETNS Building on same campus)