Analysis: Schools will re-open, the next challenge is to keep them open

Government faced pushback from unions but opposition parties agreed that term should start tomorrow as planned

5th January, 2022
Analysis: Schools will re-open, the next challenge is to keep them open
Norma Foley, the Minister for Education, has confirmed primary and secondary schools will return tomorrow as planned. Picture: Niall Carson

The short-lived battle over the re-opening of schools is now over. Norma Foley, the Minister for Education, has confirmed that around 1.2 million children will be returning to primary and secondary schools tomorrow.

The debate about whether to re-open in the middle of the Omicron wave has featured the teachers’ unions, politicians and public health experts.

But significant new voices emerged in the form of Conor O’Mahony, the special rapporteur on child protection, and Niall...

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