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RCSI closure on Tuesday, 17 October in the interests of staff and student safety following Storm Ophelia

16 October 2017

We are aware of this afternoon's announcement by the Department of Education that while schools are to remain closed tomorrow, 3rd level institutions can make a decision based on their own circumstances.

At RCSI, we have students attending clinical placements around the country, as well as staff and students traveling significant distances to our various locations. At this point, we also do not know clearly about the incidences and impact of fallen trees, road closures, public transport challenges and are also mindful of the practical issues of the school closures for staff and students with children.

RCSI have taken the decision to get a notice out early. Whilst the indications are that the storm will ease in the coming hours, we need to ensure that all RCSI buildings are safe and secure and to ensure any damage can be assessed and resolved.

Accordingly, RCSI locations will not be open tomorrow, Tuesday, 17 October.

Please ensure you continue to take all appropriate precautions and advice given by relevant authorities.