Pupils (344) to move while building defects are fixed

By Hayden Moore

MANAGEMENT from Scoil Chaitlín Maude NS in Tallaght will this week meet with the Department of Education to discuss the logistics surrounding their move to a different premises while their current building undergoes structural repairs.

Remedial works have been carried out on the building for the past year as a consequence of the structural defects that came to light last year, but the 344 pupils will have to relocate to complete the corrective fixes.

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Scoil Chaitlin Maude

The school has been notified by the department that the best action to take is to move all of the students into the current Citywest Educate Together National School building for an estimated four months while the works are finished.

However, the move is dependent on Citywest ETNS making its move to their new permanent building.

Citywest ETNS moving to its new premises will free up the current building for Scoil Chaitlín Maude to temporarily use while works are carried out on their own building in Kiltalown.

With dates yet to be confirmed as to when the move will take place exactly, the school is expecting to make the swap sometime towards the end of November.

Scoil Chaitlín Maude is planning to organise meetings with parents and guardians to discuss the practicalities of the move including the transportation of children.

The structural integrity of the building was brought into question in October last when it was revealed to be among 42 schools nationwide built by Western Building Systems to have possible defects.

A further detailed structural safety assessment was carried out at the start of 2019 which led to the remedial works.

Although remedial works were carried out over the summer months this year to upgrade fire safety, among other things, the next stage of the repairs are believed to be more disruptive in nature.

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