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19/09/2021

Three Kildare schools cleared to reopen after structural assessment and external works

Analysis on fourth school ongoing

Three Kildare schools cleared to reopen after structural assessment and external works

Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, in Kildare town

Three Kildare schools have been cleared to reopen after external decking and fencing works are carried out, while a fourth is subject to ongoing structural assessment and analysis.

The four schools were among 42 nationwide listed by the Department of Education for examination after they were linked to the same building company, Western Building Systems, amid safety concerns.

The schools being assessed have all been constructed by WBS over the past decade.

It has emerged this evening that Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Athy, Athy Model School (hall extension) and Gaelscoil Átha Í (hall extension) have been cleared to reopen in full following external intervention in the form of a fence being constructed around the building and protective decking put in place.

A fourth Kildare school currently being assessed over the mid-term break, Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha in Kildare town, is subject to ongoing structural assessment and analysis, said the Department of Education in a statement this evening.

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