In short, despite all this publicity and the long-standing awareness of the issue of asbestos in schools, not a lot has been done to alleviate the situation. A lack of funding and widespread underestimation of the scale of the problem within the Education sector seems to remain with no further comment yet from the HSE or the Department of Education following the referral of non-compliant schools. It is plain that sustained pressure from working within the sector continued right up to the Covid pandemic. Further developments are expected, and it will be very interesting to see how matters unfold.
TBI’s asbestos expert lawyer Mark Ellis believes that the real problem is not going to go away and has not yet been dealt with properly. He refers to it as a potential ticking timebomb.
Just this month the Sunday Times has launched a campaign calling on the government to take action following the diagnosis of a 29-year-old PE Teacher with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is the deadliest consequence of exposure to asbestos. It is a cancer of the mesothelium, a membrane on the outside of the lungs, heart, intestines, and abdomen. There is no cure and 60% of people diagnosed with it will die within a year.