• The Department of Education says schools, colleges of further education and third level institutions will re-open on Monday where possible.

    Each school will decide whether to open their doors to students, or remain closed, depending on the conditions in their area.

    The Department says they must ensure the safety of those in their care, and give due consideration to this when making their decision.

  • Schools will be required to consult with parents and pupils on the use of Smart Phones in Schools.

    The Education Minister will send out a circular to all schools immediately telling them smart phones are an item requiring consultation with teachers, parents and pupils.

    That includes what devices are allowed and if they can be used for photos and videos and if age restrictions will apply to younger pupils.

    However, a spokesperson for the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland said most schools already have rules on smart phones, and said a blanket ban wouldn't work.



  • The Republic of Ireland u15 girls Schools select retained the John Read Trophy following a comprehensive display against hosts England in Stafford Town FC at the weekend.


    Its two wins on the bounce for Berkeley’s side as they overcame Northern Ireland 2-1 last month in his debut as Head Coach of the U15 Girls’ Republic of Ireland select taking over from Lorraine Counihan.


    The Irish were impressive from the outset and produced several clear cut chances early on but it wasn’t until the half hour mark that Presentation SS, Kilkenny scholar Ellen Molloy headed home to break the deadlock.


    Molloy added a second on the hour mark to give the visitors some breathing space in a physically demanding encounter.


    The icing on the cake came two minutes from time when substitute Erin McLaughlin of Carndonagh CS came off the bench to convert the Republic of Ireland’s third of the day.


    The Irish side have plenty of local interest with Kate O’Dowd from St. Nathy’s College Ballaghaderreen and Emer O’Neill from St. Louis Community School both featuring.


    Claregalway College had Shauna Brennan and Kate Slevin both involved.


    Therese Kinnevey from Oughterard also started in the defence for the Republic.