Dept of Education

  • More steps need to be taken to ensure the tax-payer isn't left footing the bill for badly built schools, according to Fianna Fail.

    Assessments of the 42 Western Building Systems schools were completed yesterday - with more than half needing some form of remedial work.

    Educate Together National School in Newcastle, Galway was among the schools that were assessed, but it has now been cleared to open as normal next week.

    Fianna Fail's Education spokesperson Thomas Byrne says the Department of Education must pursue who's responsible for the structural defects in the schools with problems.

  • The Department of Education says no decision has been taken yet on extending mid-term breaks for schools.

    It follows reports that the Government is looking at the idea of extending the break so that schools would close for two weeks over Halloween from October 23rd until November 9th.

    The Department of Education says keeping schools open is a key priority at all levels of the Living with Covid plan.

    And it insists there have been "relatively few instances" where coronavirus has spread within a school.

    Of 6,718 tests of staff and students at schools across the country, there's been a 2% positivity rate so far.