Two primary schools in New Ross, Co Wexford, have been closed as a precautionary measure after a length of metal flashing was found on the ground outside the door of one of them.

Principal Gerry Moran said the piece of metal was "around six foot long" and was discovered on Wednesday during Storm Diana outside Edmund Rice Senior School.

It is not clear where it came from but there are concerns that the metal may have fallen from the roof.

Pupils at the school were evacuated and the school has not reopened since.

A second neighbouring primary school, Catherine McAuley Junior, has also been closed pending examinations.

Both schools were built two years ago by Sammon Construction, a company which is now in liquidation.

Mr Moran told RTÉ News that engineers were onsite this morning examining the building to ascertain where the length of metal had come from.

He said he was confident the school would reopen on Monday.

The schools cater for around 700 boys and girls between them.