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Mary Lou McDonald challenges Minister McHugh on school closures

16 August, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has challenged Education Minister Joe McHugh TD and his Department to “come clean” about a spate of school closures due to construction works. 

The Minister revealed in June that seventeen school buildings would have remedial works carried out during the Summer months. 

There’s growing unease about the safety of some of these school buildings which now require further works in 2020 and 2021. 

One affected school is Broombridge Educate Together National School in Cabra. 

Speaking today, Dublin Central’s Mary Lou McDonald TD said:

“The situation is now intolerable. There’s growing concern from parents about the safety of the school buildings which require further works. 

"There is also doubt that some school buildings may not be in a position to fully reopen for the new school term in September. "Since June, parents have been drip-fed limited information by the Minister and his Department.

"It is now time that the Minister came clean about the nature of the works, why they’re being carried out, and whether or not he can guarantee the safety for pupils and staff as we progress into the new term in September.

“In my dealings with the Department over recent weeks, I’ve been shocked by the lack of actual detail being provided - this is leading to greater unease. It’s quite extraordinary that some of these school buildings were constructed as recently as 2016, 2017 and even last year.

"The Minister and his Department must provide full answers and detail without any further delay, particularly that children and staff won’t be at risk as a result of further works."

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