Flooding forces closure of Laois schools on health and safety grounds

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly



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School closure Mountmellick due to flooding.

A sewerage overflow, caused by heavy rain and flooding, has forced the closure of two national schools in Mountmellick on health and safety grounds.

The managements of St Patrick's Boys National School and St Joseph's Girls National School on Davitt Road were forced into closing this morning. On arrival staff at both schools found that the downstairs toilets had overflowed.

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St Patrick's BNS principal Mr John Morrell confirmed the closures of the schools which between them have 500 pupils enrolled. He said the schools had no choice but to close on health and safety grounds.


Mr Morrell said that while the flooding was not extensive but the toilets were unusable. 

He said Laois County Council staff were on the scene quickly and the flow has been stemmed. An assessment of the damage is being carried out ahead of clean up.

He said the boards of managements of the two schools would meet today to decide on when the schools can reopen.

There was surface also water flooding on roads in Acragar area. Extensive drainage works have been carried out in the are in recent years. Water coming up through manhole covers in the area.


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