Minister for Education Richard Bruton has confirmed that all schools will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday 17th October, as Hurricane Ophelia continues to wreak havoc.
The decision was made this afternoon in the “interests of safety for children”.
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
The decision was made after harrowing footage shows the roof of a gym at a school in Douglas Co. Cork blowing right off.
— Pierce Kennedy ???????? (@PierceKennedy) October 16, 2017
Education Minister Richard Bruton said: “Following careful consideration by the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department of Education and Skills, has decided that all schools will remain closed tomorrow.
“This decision was primarily taken in the interests of child safety and on the basis of information available in what is a developing situation.
“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.
“It is also the case that school authorities will in very many cases not have had an opportunity to check their buildings and confirm they are safe, have power and water, and that routes to the school are safely open.
“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.”
UCC, however, have confirmed that their campuses will be open as normal tomorrow.
UCC can confirm that all campuses will be open as normal tomorrow (Tuesday, October 17) and lectures will recommence at 12noon. pic.twitter.com/hFBwEWulwD
— UCC Ireland (@UCC) October 16, 2017
Meanwhile, up to 385,000 homes all over the country have been left without power, as ESB say it will be at least tomorrow if not later in the week before power is fully restored.