Third-level institutions to consider student safety before re-opening


Ahead of hurricane Ophelia's arrival in Ireland today, it was confirmed that all schools and third-level institutions across the country would remain closed.

This afternoon, it was announced that primary and secondary schools would stay closed tomorrow as well, leaving many third-level students wondering as to the status of their respective institution.

Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, took to Twitter this afternoon to confirm the reports and provide clarity to the public.

"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," he tweeted.

Turning his attention to third-level institutions around Ireland, he asserted that it is up to the individual institution as to whether they will re-open to staff and students.

"Regarding 3rd level, it is up to individual institution to decide whether to open, giving utmost consideration to safety of staff & students," he confirmed online.

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