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Wicklow school listed as breaching fire safety standards

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Gaelscoil Clocha Liatha in Greystones has been listed with four other recently built primary schools as breaching fire safety standards.

Inspectors found three breaches in need of immediate remediation at the Wicklow school.

The 5 schools listed were all build during a rapid build in 2008.

In a statement released this evening the Department of Education has said it will now carry out further audits on up to 25 additional schools, all built within the last 20 years.

The fire inspection reports were carried out in early 2016 after concerns were raised by staff and Boards of Management in a number of schools.

The reports, which have been published this evening, found numerous fire breaches that required “immediate essential” remediation in the schools.

Breaches included missing smoke seals, gaps around fire doors, and the need to protect escape routes and keep them clear of combustible materials.

In several of the schools, fire inspectors found a failure to meet a required 60 minutes fire resistance provision on first floors.

They found issues related to plasterboard partitions, insufficient airgaps in walls, and in some cases what they called “inappropriate or non-existent fire-stopping” in the fabric of the buildings.

In the case of one school inspectors said stores under a stairway needed to be removed, and smoke detection installed in the stairways area.

Department of Education report on Gaelscoil Clocha Liatha

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