The Minister for Education Richard Bruton has this afternoon confirmed that all schools nationwide will remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday) due to Hurricane Ophelia.
“Following careful consideration by the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department of Education and Skills, has decided that all schools will remain closed tomorrow,” the Minister wrote in a tweet.
“While it is recognised that some schools may not be as badly impacted as others, the information available at this time indicates that over 350,000 businesses & homes already without power, severe winds continue to cause damage across the country as the storm progresses,” he continued.
“It is recognised that the decision to close schools will have a major impact on families and on the workforce. However, this decision has been taken in the interests of safety for children and to provide clarity for everyone concerned,” the statement continued.
Bruton also said it was up to individual third level institutions whether or not they want to open or not.
All local schools have been shut today (Monday) as the status red wind warning due to Hurricane Ophelia was extended across the country. The Department of Education were involved in a meeting held by the NECG this afternoon to discuss the ongoing situation across Ireland.
Locally, Ardee Community School, the Monastery Boys NS, Ballapousta NS, Scoil Muire na Trocaire, Ardee Educate Together, Newtown NS, Collon NS will all close, as will every school nationwide. Parents can expect to receive text messages and e-mails confirming the closures later today (Monday).