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25th October 2018 | Education, Press Releases

Effective Lines of Communication with Schools are Essential During Auditing Process

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Following the news that more than 40 schools across the country will have to be audited for potential structural issues, TD for Dublin Rathdown and Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin today said: “It is deeply concerning to see the list of schools reported in the papers today as potentially having structural problems. Of equal concern is the report in the media that fire safety audits, which were to be carried out on a number of schools following concerns raised in 2017, have yet to be done. Parents and staff need reassurance that these inspections will be carried out without further delay and remedial action taken promptly. It is unacceptable that children and staff should be in buildings where there may be serious safety risks. The Minister must prioritise the inspection and remedial work urgently.

“I have been contacted by parents of children in some of the affected schools who are furious about the inaction and corner-cutting that has led to this situation, and it is essential that an effective and timely line of communication remains in place between the Department of Education and the schools throughout this process so that schools can keep parents reliably informed.”

Green Party candidate for Dublin West Councillor Roderic O’Gorman said: “Two primary schools in Dublin 15 – St. Luke’s NS and Tyrrelstown Educate Together – have already been ordered to close. Two more schools, one primary and one secondary, are on the list for inspection and are therefore at risk. It is hard to see where any of the students of these schools could be accommodated, once they return after the mid-term break. The Department needs to make rapidly make arrangements for alternative accommodation and keep parents closely informed.”