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Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed that schools will not be reopening in the short term.
Speaking on GalwayBay FM he said that schools will not be opening immediately after 29 March and there should be confirmation today or tomorrow of the extension of the school closures.
Speaking about State exams, he said that he and his department "really want to make those exams happen".
He said they owed it to young people to "see this through and try to have the exams this year".
He said by that he meant "the dates that are defined for this year". He said his department was working towards this.