Thomas Pringle TD

Pringle raises concerns over Letterkenny Educate Together NS during Leaders’ Questions

Thomas Leaders Letterkenny Educate Together

 

Thomas Pringle – Oct 25th 2018

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Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle today raised concerns regarding Letterkenny Educate Together NS when it was revealed that the Donegal school will be one of 42 school buildings built by Western Building Systems set to face structural assessment inspections in the coming days and weeks.

“I have spoken to some parents who have children in the school and who are understandably concerned of the news that the school will have to undergo an inspection. While there are no indications of safety concerns at the minute we won’t know until the inspection is carried out.

“During Leaders’ Questions today in the Dáil I confronted the Tánaiste on this unfolding scandal and who informed me that three contract teams have been established to undertake the inspections and in Letterkenny’s case they will get notification of a day and a time of when the inspections will take place.

“I urged the Minister to ensure that their new communications team will directly inform the Principal and the Board of Management of Letterkenny Educate Together of any new information that comes in.

“Furthermore, it is important that the Minister for Education does not place the burden of responsibility on the shoulders of Principals and Board of Managements to secure alternative accommodation as they played no hand, act or part in the construction of the school.

“Issues concerning building regulations were also highlighted. While Fianna Fail are to blame for allowing sub-standard building to take place during their tenure it was made known to the Department of Education under Fine Gael that fire safety and structural issues were a concern for a number of trade unions and individuals in the industry.

“This is the tip of an iceberg of an emerging scandal in structural defects in state builds one which hits home in Donegal due to the MICA scandal and the suffering those homeowners had to go through. I will be keeping an eye on developments in the next week or two and make sure that information is directly given to Letterkenny Education Together and that alternative accommodation is sourced if and when it is required so that no time lapse occurs on pupils’ learning” concludes Pringle.

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