Department of Education says schools to remain closed tomorrow
As storm Ophelia passes over Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills has confirmed that all schools will remain closed tomorrow.
Minister Richard Bruton said the decision “was primarily taken in the interests of child safety and on the basis of information available in what is a developing situation”.
Following careful consideration by the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department of Education and Skills, has decided that all schools will remain closed tomorrow #Ophelia
— Richard Bruton (@RichardbrutonTD) October 16, 2017
He said they recognised that the decision to close schools “will have a major impact on families and on the workforce”.
But he said the decision was taken in the interests of safety and to provide clarity for everyone concerned.
The minister also said that, by tomorrow, many school authorities will not have had an opportunity to check their buildings and confirm they are safe, have power and water.
It will be up to third-level institutions to make their own decisions on reopening.