Western Building Systems

  • Galway Educate Together School is one of 17 schools across the country identified as having structural issues.

    The schools were constructed by the same company that built the 22 schools where defects were discovered last year.

    All schools built by Western Building Systems were subject to some form of assessment after the initial structural problems were discovered.

    The 17 schools were cleared for use last November but engineers now say they need permanent remediation works.

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    The Galway Educate Together school at Newcastle in Galway city is among dozens of schools across the country waiting to hear if any work is needed to make the buildings safe.

    Engineers and Department of Education officials are today reviewing structural reports from schools built by Western Building Systems.

    Tests were completed yesterday on the dozens of schools nationwide that were built by Western Building Systems.

    The Education Minister says any further problems will be quickly identified and communicated to schools by tomorrow.

    The review was ordered after three Dublin schools built by the company were forced to close, due to structural faults.

    Parts of those schools will re-open on Monday, but some students will have to be accommodated at nearby schools until the buildings are completely safe.