St Joseph’s opens af­ter ‘probe’ list

Gorey Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

ST JOSEPH’S Pri­mary School in Gorey has been cleared to open with­out any in­ter­nal or ex­ter­nal in­ter­ven­tion fol­low­ing a na­tion­wide probe into work car­ried out by con­struc­tion firm West­ern Build­ing Sys­tems (WBS).

The school, which opened yes­ter­day (Mon­day) af­ter the midterm break, was the only Wex­ford school in­cluded on the list which was pub­lished last week by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. WBS was in­volved in con­struct­ing an ex­ten­sions to the main school of St Joseph’s Pri­mary School.

To date, one school in county Dublin in­spected as part of the probe has been closed.

Five teams in­volv­ing 250 work­ers were on site through­out the week­end to fa­cil­i­tate the re­open­ing of all schools around the coun­try.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of these mea­sures fol­lows the pro­gramme of struc­tural as­sess­ments con­ducted on schools con­structed by WBS.

School prin­ci­pals were kept fully in­formed of progress and re­ceived writ­ten con­fir­ma­tion as the works were com­pleted.

The as­sess­ments took place through­out the mid-term break in or­der to min­imise dis­rup­tion to the schools in­volved.

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