A Dublin school has said it has been inundated with offers of help from the public after it spoke about its financial difficulties on RTÉ News yesterday.

Our Lady of the Wayside school said it has received about 40 phone calls offering free labour to help carry out repairs or financial donations.

In addition, members of the public have called at the school making similar offers or leaving money and cheques.

The school in Bluebell in Dublin 12 is one of 46% of primary schools that say they cannot make ends meet, according to a survey carried out on behalf of Catholic school managers.

Three confirmed donations alone come to a total of €1,100.

The Department of Education has said any school faced with a realistic threat of closure as a result of maintenance problems, such as a faulty boiler, should apply for emergency grant aid.