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Support to be given to 200 students affected by Dublin school damaged by fire

200 students have been affected and it is not known yet when they will be able to return to school

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By Aine McMahon PA

The Government has said “every resource and support available” will be offered to a primary school in north Dublin which has been damaged by a fire.

Dublin Fire Brigade was called to Scoil Chaitriona Cailini off the Malahide Road in Coolock at about 6am on Wednesday morning.

The Department of Education said a number of options for accommodating students are currently being examined, including prefabs on the site and students attending classes in other local schools.

Some 200 female students attend the school which caters for students from second to sixth class.

Firefighter John Robinson told RTE radio the fire was “pretty extensive”, but they managed to get it under control in about an hour and a half.

One person was taken to hospital as a precaution as a result of smoke inhalation and there were no reports of any injuries.

Communications Minister Richard Bruton said that “every resource and support available” will be given to the school.

“I am shocked and saddened for the whole school community following the devastating fire,” he said.

Education Minister Joe McHugh, who visited the site earlier this morning, said his department will be working with the school to see how and where pupils can be accommodated while the damage done to the building is repaired.

He said: “This is obviously a traumatic incident for all those connected to the school. We will stay with the school community during this and we will help them get through this. We will provide every assistance, first with information on options for the school and then with a plan to get children back into school.”

A spokesman for the Department of Education said that a senior official has been “appointed as a liaison to the principal and school management team”.

A senior architect from the department was also out at the school to assess the situation and met with the principals of both the senior and junior schools.

It is hoped the schools will be back in operation as early as possible next week.

The school authorities are meeting on Thursday and will update parents on the accommodation arrangements.

A garda spokesman said an investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

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