Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Department of Education and Skills
Fire Safety Regulations
568. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of schools that have been built since 2005 that have been found to be in breach fire safety regulations; and the name of the company that constructed each school. [36152/15]
The Department has dealt with significant fire safety issues in one primary school building built since 2005. This arose in 2014. The building was constructed by Western Building Systems Ltd. in 2008. Such matters have not arisen with regard to any post-primary school buildings built since 2005.
The Department has also dealt with building regulation issues, including some fire safety issues, in one further education college constructed by the same contractor in 2006.
569. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an update concerning the schools that were built by a building company from County Tyrone that have been found to be in breach of fire safety regulations; the total number of schools constructed by this company, by name and location; if funding has been made available to bring these schools up to standard; and if action is being taken against the company responsible for the poor building compliance. [36153/15]
In 2014, following a fire safety audit commissioned by the school authority, issues emerged with regard to Rush/Lusk Educate Together National School. This building was constructed by Western Building Systems Ltd. in 2008. In the case of this school a subsequent detailed fire safety assessment, commissioned by the Department, identified remedial works which were required. These works were carried out by the Department in the summer of 2014.
Details regarding the other schools designed and built by Western Building Systems Ltd are contained in the following listing.
The Department is currently arranging fire safety assessments of five other schools constructed in 2008 to determine if there are any issues of concern. Without pre-empting the outcome of those assessments, I can assure the Deputy that funding will be available to deal with any fire safety issues which might arise.
Pending the outcome of those assessments, it would be inappropriate for the Department to comment on what course of action may be considered regarding responsibility for any issues which might arise.
The school communities concerned will, however, be kept fully informed by the Department of any issues which may be identified.
Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Stepaside, Co. Dublin – Roll No. 20425U
Cara Junior Special School, Mayfield, Co. Cork – Roll No. 20354A
Luttrellstown CC, Porterstown, Dublin 15 – Roll No. 76130P
Scoil Choilm, Porterstown, Dublin 15 – Roll No. 20241K
Carrigaline Educate Together, Co. Cork – Roll No.
Gaelscoil Chloich na Coillte, Clonakilty, Co. Cork – Roll No. 20006A
Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Rochestown, Co. Cork – Roll No. 20335T
Portlaoise Educate Together, Co. Laois – Roll No. 20347D
Gaelscoil Portlaoise, Co. Laois – Roll No. 20081O
Maryborough CoI, Portlaoise, Co. Laois – Roll No. 14838N
Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan, Co. Dublin – Roll No. 20223I
Scoil Naomh Lucais, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 – Roll No. 16675V
Portarlington Convent National School, Co. Laois – Roll No. 15556I
Scoil Chormaic, Flemington, balbriggan –RN 20386N
Scoil Atha Í, Co. Kildare – Roll No. 20192A
Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Athy, Co. Kildare – Roll No. 16705E
Model School, Athy, Co. Meath – Roll No. 06209J
Lucan East Educate Together, Co. Dublin – Roll No. 20303G
St. Paul’s National School, Ratoath, Co. Meath – Roll No. 20215J
Tyrrellstown Educate Together, Dublin 15 – Roll No. 20201V
Macroom Boys NS - Roll No 15597W
Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan, Dublin 15 – Roll No. 76129H
Scoil Naomh Lucais (previously Mulhuddart NS), Tyrrellstown – Roll No. 16675V
Belmayne Educate Together – Roll No. 20308Q/St. Francis of Assisi – Roll No. 20304I
Rush/Lusk Educate Together – Roll No. 20176C
Greystones Educate Together – Roll No. 20300A/Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath – Roll No. 20301C
Mullingar Educate Together, Co. Westmeath – Roll No. 20188J
Whitehall Further Education College Roll No – 70320N