Min­is­ter must act now on ‘un­sound con­di­tions’

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

MIN­IS­TER must act im­me­di­ately on un­sound con­di­tions in Ardg­illan Com­mu­nity School , ac­cord­ing to a Fingal se­na­tor.

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesper­son on Jus­tice, Chil­dren and Youth Af­fairs, Se­na­tor Lor­raine Clif­ford-lee has said that the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion must im­me­di­ately act on pro­vid­ing suit­able tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for the staff and stu­dents of Ardg­illan Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

The Fingal based se­na­tor was com­ment­ing fol­low­ing con­fir­ma­tion that man­age­ment have been forced to close 18 class­rooms in the school while tran­si­tion year stu­dents have been told to re­main at home be­cause of the on­go­ing safety con­cerns with the build­ing.

Se­na­tor Clif­ford-lee said,

‘This is an ex­treme sit­u­a­tion and one that re­quires ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion from the Min­is­ter. In this day and age it’s hard to fathom how this has hap­pened and how such se­ri­ous struc­tural is­sues were let fes­ter. It is deeply con­cern­ing.

‘It is ap­palling that the prin­ci­pal and staff in Ardg­illan have been left with no al­ter­na­tive but to send stu­dents home, deny­ing them their right to ed­u­ca­tion.

‘The safety of staff and stu­dents is para­mount and ev­ery re­source nec­es­sary must be of­fered to en­sure that staff are in the po­si­tion to en­sure that stu­dents are prop­erly ac­com­mo­dated as soon as pos­si­ble. Ev­ery­one work­ing or study­ing in a school should feel as though they are in a safe environment, free from dan­ger or dis­trac­tion.’

The Fingal se­na­tor said: ‘It needs to be ex­am­ined by the State whether this com­pany were aware of their short­falls dur­ing con­struc­tion phase and if the com­pany should be pre­vented from ap­ply­ing for ten­ders for the con­struc­tion of fu­ture pub­lic build­ings. Tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion is not a long term so­lu­tion and nec­es­sary re­me­dial works to bring Ardg­illan Com­mu­nity Col­lege up to scratch must be promptly com­pleted with­out de­lay.’

Se­na­tor Lor­raine Clif­ford-lee

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