School’s pyrite problem in hand

by Gazette Reporter

A PLANNING application for temporary accommodation at St Patrick’s National School in Diswellstown has been lodged to facilitate remediation works on pyrite found in the school’s building.

The Department of Education recently lodged the planning application with Fingal County Council.

Permission is sought for a temporary two storey classroom accommodation and a single storey child care room during pyrite remediation works.

A spokesperson for the Department said 12 classrooms will be required by the school on a phased basis while remedial works are being undertaken.

Principal of St Patrick’s National School Pairic Clerkin said: “The work will take approximately one year and the prefabs are being put in place so they can carry out the work in one block at a time so those children will have a classroom while that work is going on.

“That is all preliminary. They have put in the application but it’s not going to start immediately – they are planning for when they are in a position to do the work. That could be in a year’s time.

“It needs to be fixed – it has to be done.”

According to principal Clerkin, there have been signs of pyrite such as floor movement and it is an issue that is being “monitored all the time” by the Department of Education.

The school shares a sports hall with the community, which the principal said will also have to undergo works.

He went on to say they will be keeping their parent body briefed on what is happening.

“We have our own engineer and safety advisors to ensure everything is done properly.”

Principal Clerkin said the school knew very early on that there was an issue and he is hopeful it is not repeated.

“The [building] material needs to be tested before it goes into the ground.”

It was reported last year that St Patrick’s National School was one of three schools in Dublin found to be in need of corrective work because of pyrite. The other two are St Canice’s Boys National School, Finglas and St Peter’s National School, Phibsboro. The Department of Education said it is working closely with all three schools.

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