Sean Defoe
Sean Defoe

22.14 18 Feb 2021


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The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has advised the Government that schools can return on a phased basis from early March.

Leaving Certificate students will likely return on March 1st - along with with junior and senior infants.

However some students will not be back in the classroom until after Easter, as NPHET has recommended a very cautious approach to re-opening.

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There was no formal discussion on construction but multiple ministers now believe there will not be any further easing of restrictions for that sector.

There was broad agreement at the meeting that the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) will need to be extended until the summer.

While HSE chief executive Paul Reid told the meeting of ministers that from April, more than one million people a month could be vaccinated.

But multiple sources played down an announcement next week of a revised Living with COVID plan.

"We're not going to have much to announce" one Minister said, with heavy restrictions set to continue.

Main image: Children's art hanging on the railing of St Canices Boys School in Finglas, Dublin. Picture by: Leon Farrell / RollingNews.ie

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