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26th Oct 2023

New government law will see mobile phones banned in Irish classrooms

Jody Coffey

Minister for Education is looking for legislative solutions to phone use in schools.

It will be prohibited to bring a mobile phone into the classroom under new plans being prepared by the government.

Education Minister, Norma Foley, is spear-heading the plans with senior ministers backing the move to ban phones from Irish classrooms.

It is believed that the proposals will be brought before Cabinet in the coming weeks in the hopes it will materialise as a concrete law.

This comes following Minister Foley’s promise to support schools in ridding classrooms of phones as teachers expressed frustrations around the detrimental effects phones have on students, which she was reported by the Irish Mirror.

A senior Government source told the outlet that a ‘memo is being prepared’ by Minister Foley for Cabinet which will presented in time.

The outlet also report that Tanaiste Micheal Martin strongly supports the proposal, as well another unnamed government official who said: “It’s time to end the scourge of phones in our schools for the wellbeing of our children.”

It is anticipated that the proposal for the banning of mobile phones in schools will receive backing from Government ministers when it goes in front of  Cabinet in the coming weeks.