School build­ing scan­dal grows

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By JOHN MAN­NING

WHAT be­gan as the clo­sure of one part of a Bal­brig­gan school a week ago has grown into a na­tional scan­dal as 42 schools were ex­am­ined for pos­si­ble struc­tural de­fects.

While there is no ev­i­dence that any of those 42 schools have the same ‘se­ri­ous struc­tural is­sues’ as Ardg­illan Com­mu­nity School, the same builder was in­volved in all of those projects which are now un­der ex­am­i­na­tion as a pre­cau­tion.

Among those 42 schools is an­other lo­cal school in Rush and Lusk Ed­u­cate To­gether NS but there is no ev­i­dence that any­thing is wrong with that build­ing, as it stands.

Mean­while, school life goes on at Ardg­illan Com­mu­nity Col­lege with the school com­mu­nity work­ing hard to try to de­liver its classes un­der ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances.

In re­cent mes­sage to par­ents and guardians of chil­dren at the school, school prin­ci­pal, Michael O’leary wrote: ‘Thank you very much for your co-op­er­a­tion and sup­port to­day and over the com­ing weeks.

‘As you are al­ready aware Phase 1 of our build­ing has been closed due to Health & Safety con­cerns.

‘This means a num­ber of class­rooms are now out of use. To max­imise space in Phase 2 of our build­ing we have now moved to stu­dent based class­rooms.

This has worked very well to­day (Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25) and our staff and stu­dents have come to­gether as a school com­mu­nity and showed great team work.’

He told con­cerned par­ents: ‘We are in the process of or­gan­is­ing more ac­com­mo­da­tion to meet the needs of all our stu­dents.

‘ We will keep you in­formed of all de­ci­sions made as we go for­ward.

‘By work­ing to­gether and sup­port­ing each other we will over­come this chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion and en­sure the con­tin­u­a­tion of the ex­cel­lent teach­ing and learn­ing in our col­lege.’

The scan­dal has also closed two schools in the Dublin 15 area of Fingal with the full ex­tend of the prob­lem still un­known.

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