Fire safety audits commissioned by the Department of Education have found breaches of fire safety standards at five recently-built primary schools

The schools are in Dublin, Wicklow, and Mullingar, and were built under a rapid-build programme in 2008 by a company called Western Building System. 

In a statement the Department of Education said it will now carry out further audits on up to 25 additional schools, all built within the past 20 years.

The fire inspection reports were carried out in early 2016 after concerns were raised by staff and boards of management in a number of schools. 

The reports found numerous fire breaches that required "immediate essential" remediation in the schools.

Breaches included missing smoke seals, gaps around fire doors, and the need to protect escape routes and keep them clear of combustible materials. 

In several of the schools, fire inspectors found a failure to meet a required 60 minutes fire-resistance provision on first floors.

They found issues related to plasterboard partitions, insufficient air gaps in walls, and in some cases what they called "inappropriate or non-existent fire-stopping" in the fabric of the buildings. 

In the case of one school inspectors said stores under a stairway needed to be removed, and smoke detection installed in the stairways area. 

The schools are Gaelscoil Clocha Liatha in Greystones, Co Wicklow; Mullingar Educate Together, Westmeath; Powerstown Educate Together National School, Dublin; Belmayne Educate Together National School, Dublin; and St Francis of Assisi National School, also in Belmayne, Dublin.

In St Francis of Assisi school, five issues were found to be so-called Priority A issues requiring what the report called "immediate essential" attention.

There were six breaches in Belmayne Educate Together found to require immediate essential work. 

Inspectors found three breaches in need of immediate remediation at both the Gaelscoil in Greystones and Mullingar Educate Together.

Their report on the Powerstown Educate Together found what inspectors called "significant issues" related to missing smoke seals and escape routes.

This building is no longer in use by the school. 

The Department of Education says remedial work is currently being carried out or will shortly commence at the two Belmayne schools and at Mullingar and Greystones. 

It says all work should be completed by the end of October.

The department said that the schools in question had not been found to be dangerous but that they did not comply with the requirements of their fire safety certificates. 

It says it is also conducting a review of all major school building projects currently under construction in order to ensure that they are compliant with fire safety regulations. 

In 2008 the State undertook a significant school-building programme to cater for a massive recent growth in population.

Many of the schools were built in a very short time frame under what was known as the rapid-build programme.