Storm Barra: Schools, childcare facilities and third-level institutions in 12 counties advised to close tomorrow

Storm Barra: Schools, childcare facilities and third-level institutions in 12 counties advised to close tomorrow

The Department of Education said this is to allow for assessment of the impact of Storm Barra to take place.  Picture Stephen Collins/ Collins Photos Dublin

Schools, third-level institutions, and childcare services are to remain shut tomorrow in counties either currently under, or scheduled to be under, Red or Orange warnings, the Department of Education and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth have advised.

This means schools, higher education facilities, and childcare facilities in Cork, Limerick, Clare, Waterford, Kerry, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo, Wexford and Dublin should remain closed on Wednesday.  

The Department of Education said this is to allow for assessment of the impact of Storm Barra to take place.

Schools and childcare services no longer under Red or Orange alert can reopen if they are satisfied there are no risks, such as fallen wires or serious property damage. 

If a school in a Yellow area (all other counties) is experiencing a particular issue relating to the storm, their board of management can make the decision to remain closed tomorrow.

The Department also said that if an individual childcare service in an area under a yellow warning is still experiencing a particular local issue relating to the storm and cannot open, they can apply for Force Majeure funding.

All schools and childcare facilities "should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins and in particular any change in the status warning for their area," a spokesperson said. 

Following the news that Dublin had been moved from a status Yellow to a status Orange weather warning, the Department of Education and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth confirmed that third-level institutions and childcare facilities in the capital should also remain closed on Wednesday.

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