The Taoiseach says the Government will be in a position “hopefully next week” to announce comprehensively the measures designed enable the country’s schools to reopen in September.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Micheál Martin said discussions are going well in relation to schools reopening and “a lot of detailed work is under way”.
He stressed there is a key commitment Government-wide and across the education sector to open schools safely.
“There are challenges, we want to do it safely”, he said, adding that “we are in a relatively good space”.
Mr Martin said the Government does not want to limit children’s development and Minister for Education Norma Foley has said a significant package of supports to enable schools to reopen.
Schools across Donegal and the rest of the country have been shut since 12 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Yesterday, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said Ireland was absolutely on track to children going back to school in September.
He said the country was at the start of something positive, as he gave an optimistic briefing at the Department of Health.
The rise in the number of new cases of Covid-19 that had worried health officials has tapered off.
The number of people testing positive is very low and the R rate of the virus is also estimated to be going down again.