BREAKING All schools and colleges will now be closed on Monday October 16 3 years ago

BREAKING All schools and colleges will now be closed on Monday October 16

Met Eireann on Sunday evening upgraded its weather alert to status red for the whole country.

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As a result, the Department Of Education And Skills has confirmed that all primary and secondary schools will be closed on Monday, October 16.

Parents are being asked to not bring their children to their classrooms in order to keep cars off the road and keep people safe.

An official statement on Sunday read: "In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department Of Education And Skills is now publicly informing all schools, colleges and other education institutions that they are to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October.

"This decision has been made following discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Éireann on this unprecedented storm.

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"All schools and colleges will be closed tomorrow."