A top teachers’ union official from Sligo says he hopes lessons have been learned from the last lockdown in how to deal with the situation now facing schools.
Later today, government ministers will sign-off on closing schools and construction until the end of the month.
But schools for children with special needs are likely to remain open, while creches will be allowed to provide childcare for essential workers.
A requirement for people travelling into Ireland to provide a negative Covid-19 test is also expected to get the green light from Cabinet.
As will plans to replace current click and collect in shops with delivery only.
Consultant in infectious diseases at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Eoghan De Barra, says keeping schools closed is the right call:
General Secretary of the ASTI, Kieran Christie, a native of Cliffoney, Co Sligo, and a former teacher in St Attracta’s School in Tubbercurry, hopes lessons have been learned from the operation of the first lockdown: