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Schools may not open where status Red weather warning has been issued

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/01/2015. Schools may not open where status Red weather warning has been issuedTags: Parenting Teachers

Statement issued by Department of Education and Skills
" Guidance and Advice for Schools and Colleges

The Department of Education and Skills wishes to bring to the attention of schools and colleges an emerging weather event involving severe winds which may impact during a period when students and staff are travelling to school by public transport and in private cars.

Met Eireann has issued a Red level weather warning for severe and potentially damaging winds in certain areas of the country and continues to have an orange warning in place countrywide.

The Department of Education and Skills’ advice to schools is that they should consider not opening where a Status Red weather warning related to wind is forecast to coincide with the period/s during which students and staff would be expected to be travelling to and from school. (See comments section below article for updates on Status Red areas)

The full guidance document issued by the Department is available here

The general guidance from the National Coordination Group on Severe Weather is that the public are asked to monitor Met Éireann forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings. The travelling public are encouraged to monitor road conditions as well as transport operator services over national and local radio/tv, websites and social media for possible impacts. 

Please see the Met Eireann website for further information and updated information."



(14-01-2015 21:07)

schools that close due to unforeseen circumstances such as dangerous weather conditions can be required to make up the time over February or Easter scheduled school holidays under Dept of Educ contingency arrangements , see


(15-01-2015 08:07)

List of some schools closed in Mayo from Midwest radio on


(15-01-2015 07:53)

list of Limerick schools closed here


(14-01-2015 19:34)

According to the Irish Independent as at 7.30pm Met Eireann has a Status Red warning in place for exposed coastal and mountainous areas in Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry until noon tomorrow.


(14-01-2015 21:34)

As at 9.30pm Met Eireann site now lists the following counties as having a status Red warnings -
Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick

Tina morgan

(15-01-2015 22:03)

what about Dublin area its really bad out there any news on schools in drimnagh?


(15-01-2015 07:35)

7.35 am
Keep an eye on our twitter account this morning where we are retweeting school announcements on openings/closures due to adverse weather conditions

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