Three Dublin schools to partially open next week while two given all-clear after department inspections

Work has already started on affected schools.

Two Dublin schools were given the all-clear today after inspections were carried out by the Department of Education.

Both Lutterellstown in Clonsilla and Scoil Choilm in Porterstown were declared safe according to TD Joan Burton with official results expected later on when all the initial assessments are finished.

Work will also begin immediately to address the problems at St Luke's, Tyrrelstown ET, and Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada in Lucan where structural problems were found.

The three primary schools will only open their ground floors next week meaning the majority of kids will have to be accommodated elsewhere.

The Education department said that pupils will be moved to other premises and that transport has been organised for them from their respective schools so parents don't have to change arrangements.

They said: "The Department is working in close cooperation with the principals of the three schools which will require an element of interim accommodation after the mid-term break, i.e. Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School, St Luke’s National School and Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan.

"At this point, it is envisaged that all displaced classes in these schools can be accommodated in other school premises.

"School transport arrangements will be put in place from the existing school buildings in order to minimise disruption to students and their families."

The department also announced that work has started on two other Dublin schools that needed "external intervention only".

Both Scoile Chaitlin Maude in Tallaght and Castlemills Education Centre in Ballbriggan will reopen in full next week.

Western Building Systems, who worked on the schools in question, have welcomed the assessments and reiterated that they will engage fully with the process.

They said: "It is crucial for everyone that we better understand why schools previously certified as substantially complete and suitable for occupation and which also had defects certificates subsequently issued by the Department's advisors are now being assessed by the Department. "

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