There will be an update later today on the re-opening of schools in six weeks time.

Tens of millions of euro is expected to be made available to cover the cost of any safety measures needed to protect staff and students from Covid-19.

Mayo Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary told Midwest News this morning that the funding will be made available to make structural changes to classrooms, improve hand washing facilities along with daily cleaning and hygiene routines.

The Irish Times is reporting that enhanced supervision and substitution will be provided to cover an expected increase in teacher absences.

The Taoiseach will meet the Education Minister this morning to discuss the plan.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn yesterday said that schools were "absolutely on track" to reopen based on how virus infection rate had stabilised.

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