According to a recent report there are up to ninety three schools in Northern Ireland that have not yet had deadly asbestos removed. The schools that are still at risk include nurseries, secondary and primary school, and special schools, all of which are at risk due to the presence of deadly asbestos, which is a known carcinogenic.

The Education Minister responded to a question from health officials, stating: “The Education and Library Boards have completed asbestos surveys of schools and other educational buildings. All top priority asbestos has now been removed from school property. Where it is not considered necessary to remove the asbestos immediately, the boards and other school authorities are responsible for managing the asbestos safely.”

Her department confirmed that while there was still asbestos present in most of the school in Northern Ireland the issue was either being dealt with through an asbestos removal plan or it was not seen as necessary to get the asbestos removed at this time.

Asbestos was once used in many industries, including the building industry, and was present in many older schools. It can cause a range of health problems, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

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