Sligo hospital identified as possible fire-risk

Sligo University Hospital is one of five hospitals that have been identified as being in the ‘highest risk’ category when it comes to fire risk.

Specialist cladding inspectors have been drafted in to examine Sligo and five other hospitals in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster in London.

The HSE formed an external cladding systems evaluation group after the UK tragedy, and it identified Sligo University Hospital, Cork University Hospital, Galway University Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and Limerick University Hospital as high risk.

Sligo Hospital is considered a high fire risk due to the fact that it is six storeys high and over 18m in height while including sleeping accommodation.

A HSE spokesperson said where deemed necessary the cladding system will be opened up and the type of cladding, the fixing of the cladding, the insulation systems and the cavity barriers will be inspected.

Remedial works will then be carried out where necessary.

The investigations are due to be finished by the end of August.