Dublin’s French schools take security precautions

Parents asked to take children straight to their classrooms in wake of attacks

People entering the Republique metro  station in front of the makeshift memorial in tribute to  the victims of the Paris attacks at the Place de la Republique on Monday. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

People entering the Republique metro station in front of the makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at the Place de la Republique on Monday. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

 

Dublin’s two French schools have been taking security precautions following the terrorist attacks in Paris which left 129 people dead.

The Lycée Français d’Irlande primary school in Foxrock and the secondary school in Clonskeagh both have a garda presence outside them.

Between them the two schools have about 500 pupils. Both are accredited to the teaching programmes of the French Ministry for National Education.

Parents of the pupils in Foxrock have been asked to bring their children directly to their classrooms and not leave them waiting outside in the playground.

Entry points to the school in Clonskeagh will be controlled. Adults who are not staff members will have to identify themselves and give the reason for their visit.

The school in Clonskeagh is known as the “Eurocampus” as it is shared with the St Kilian’s Deutsche Schule secondary school.

In a statement, Lycée Français d’Irlande said there was “no particular concern in Ireland, but we must be vigilant. We thank you for your understanding, your help and your solidarity.”

The security measures have been taken on the advice of gardaí and the French embassy.