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Cost Of Works On Schools With Defects Reaches €40 Million

Five premises in the midlands were identified as needing remedial work.

The cost of remedial works at dozens of schools with building defects has reached €40 million.

Repairs are still being carried out at the schools built by Western Building Systems - including five premises here in the midlands.

Around 40 schools around the country were identified as having structural defects following a review last year.

Five schools in the midlands are among those identified - Mullingar Educate Together National School, Portarlington Convent National School, Gaelscoil Portlaoise, Portlaoise Educate Together National School, and Maryborough National School in Portlaoise.

Remediation work has been completed at 14 of them - and is due to start on another 8 in the new year.

The Education Minister will tell the cabinet this morning the cost of the work so far is €40 million.

That includes the cost for initial assessments of the schools, precautionary measures like scaffolding and fencing, repair works and fire safety upgrades.

The Irish Independent reports that a request for more funding won't be made at cabinet - with the money being taken out of the existing school building budget.

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