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Government have not been convincing that students in structurally unsound schools will be back in the classroom anytime soon – McDonald

26 October, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that there are big questions surrounding the basic structural mistakes involved in building schools with monies from the public purse. Teachta McDonald said that the first priority must be the safety of pupils and staff, but that we must get them back in the classroom as soon as possible.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“I can only imagine the panic and distress for parents, students, and teachers to discover that school buildings are unsafe and the real, real difficulty now that presents in terms of securing alternative accommodation for these students.

“The first priority must be the assured safety of pupils and staff, but we must get them back into the classroom as soon as possible.

“I do not believe that we have had a convincing answer from government that would assure you that children are going to be able to go to school after the midterm break and then across the deeper issue around what went wrong.

“How is this possible not once, not twice, but dozens and dozens of times? It seems the same very basic structural mistakes were made in building schools and with resources from the public purse. I think it raises questions around certification guidelines.

“You have to wonder with regulations, and with an inspection regime in place, how on Earth is it possible that such shoddy work was passed by. This is the big, big question.” 

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