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08th Dec 2021

Dublin added to list of counties where schools will not open today

Dublin added to list of counties where schools should not open

It’s another storm day off school for thousands of school children across Ireland.

Storm Barra has been wreaking havoc across the country since the early hours of yesterday morning, and yesterday afternoon, it was reported that schools in counties where a Red or Orange alert was still in place should remain closed today, Wednesday.

“This will allow for assessment of the impact of Storm Barra,” the statement from the Department of Education read.

“This includes counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo, and Wexford.”

The Department also stated that schools that are no longer in a Red or Orange alert area can re-open “provided if there are concerns, school managers have had an opportunity to check for fallen wires and other serious damage in the vicinity of school buildings.”

However, late last night, as Storm Barra continued to track across the country, Met Éireann also issued an Orange wind warning for Dublin overnight, set to be in place until Wednesday morning.

And with that, schools, childcare facilities and third-level colleges in Dublin are now also set to remain closed for the day today, with parents only receiving confirmations from the schools after 10 PM last night.

The news came after as 38,000 homes and businesses were without power with further severe and damaging winds happening overnight.

Downed trees and flooding have been reported in parts of the country, with the public warned not to make unnecessary journeys and to stay away from coasts today as well.