Galway national school will undergo emergency structural examination

Galway Daily news Galway Educate Together National School among 17 schools found with structural issues

Galway Educate Together National School in the city will undergo emergency structural inspections over contractor concerns.

The primary school in Newcastle is one of 42 schools around Ireland that will undergo emergency inspections over concerns about the work of Tyrone based contractor Western Building Systems.

The schools built by Western Building Systems were constructed under the rapid build programme in the boom years, meaning that some of them went up in as little as three months.

The Department of Education confirmed on Monday that a number of schools would have to be inspected immediately after an inspection of Ardigillan Community College in Balbriggan found serious structural problems.

The school building was closed and 100 transition year students were told to go home.

Since Monday two more schools have been inspected and closed, Tyrrelstown Educate Together and National Schools, affecting some 1,200 pupils.

More schools are likely to close in the coming days as further inspections are carried out.

The Department of Education is trying to get all of the inspections done before the mid term break ends so as to cause as little disruption to the school term as possible.

Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday the Taoiseach said it seem that corners were cut during the Celtic Tiger and warned of possible legal action.

In a statement, Western Building Systems denied that it carried out any substandard work, and that there was never any problem with inspections while the schools were being built, or in the years since.

The full list of schools to be inspected is:


Macroom Boys National School (2009)

Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty, Co Cork (2013)

Carrigaline Educate Together National School (2013)

Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Rochestown (2013)

Cara Junior school, Mayfield (2014)


Letterkenny Educate Together National School (2017)


Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School (2003)

Rush & Lusk Educate Together National School (2008)

Argillan Community College (phase one), Balbriggan (2009)

St. Francis of Assisi, Belmayne (2008)

Belmayne Educate Together National School (2008)

Tyrellstown Educate Together National School (2011)

Lucan East Educate Together National School (2011)

St Luke’s National School, Tyrellstown (2012)

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan (2012)

Scoil Chormaic Community National School

Scoil Choilm, Porterstown (2013)

Luttrellstown Community College (2013)

Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Stepaside/Ballogan (2014)

Scoil Chaitlin Maude, Kiltalown(2016)

Scoil Aoife, Citywest (2016)

Lucan Community National School

Broombridge Educate Together National School

Castlemills Education Centre (formerly occupied by Scoil Chormaic Community National School) (2012)

Firhouse Educate Together National School (2017)

Gaelscoil Teach Giuise (2018)


Galway Educate Together National School (2018)


Athy Model School (2011)

Scoil Phadraig Naofa (new school) (2011)

Gaelscoil Atha Í (2011)

Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha (2018)


Portarlington Convent National School (2012)

Maryborough National School (2013)

Gaelscoil Portlaoise (2013)

Portlaoise Educate Together (2013)


St Paul’s National School, Ratoath (2011)

Gaelscoil Tulach na Og, Dunboyne (2016)

Gaelscoil na Mí, Ashbourne

Ashbourne Educate Together National School (2016)

Coláiste De Lacy, Ashbourne (2016)


Mullingar Educate Together (2008)


St Joseph’s National School, Gorey (2018)


Greystones Educate Together National School (2008)