Two more schools in Fingal to close with immediate effect due to concerns about structural issues

October 23, 2018 0

Two more schools in Fingal are closing immediately because of concerns about structural issues. The closures follow building inspections carried out today by a team appointed by the Department of Education. Following the decision of Department of Education to close Tyrrelstown Educate Together School and St Luke’s National School, Tyrrelstown, today, the Board of Management of Tyrrelstown Community Centre have notified Fingal County Council that they consider it prudent to close the community facilities temporarily pending further clarity on the structural issues identified at the schools.

The schools campus at Tyrrelstown, which is owned by the Department of Education, includes a large community facility funded by Fingal County Council as part of the shared schools model which has provided community facilities integrated into new school developments across Fingal.

The complex of schools and community facilities at Tyrrelstown was developed by the Department of Education in 2012.

Statement from the Department of Education and Skills regarding Tyrrelstown

department of education and skillsTyrrelstown Educate Together School and St Luke’s, National School, Tyrrelstown were assessed today as part of a programme of structural checks being undertaken on schools built by Western Building Systems.Following advice from a consultant structural engineer and in consultation with the school authorities a decision was taken to close both schools with immediate effect.  

The Department is working closely with the school authorities in relation to interim accommodation solutions for the over 1,200 affected pupils.  The target is to have interim accommodation solutions in place for when pupils return to school after the mid-term break next week. At all times the key priority of the Minister and the Department is the safety of pupils and staff.

The Minister and the Department acknowledge the disruption that school closures have on families and parents, students and staff of the affected schools will be kept fully up to date with developments. The investigations at Tyrrelstown today, while not identifying any imminent danger, suggest that those two schools should close as a precautionary measure to allow for further detailed investigations at both schools. Further examinations of other schools built by Western Building Systems are ongoing. At all times, the Department remains in close contact with principals and the management of schools being inspected in order to keep them up to date with developments.