The Department of Education has advised schools in multiple counties not to open on Wednesday to give time to assess the impact of Storm Barra.

In a statement it said: "The Department is advising that all schools that are currently or forecast to be in a Red or Orange alert area should remain closed tomorrow, 8th December."

Met Éireann upgraded its alert for Dublin last night, with the county facing a Status Orange warning overnight.

With that, the Department of Education added Dublin to its list of counties where schools are advised not to open on Wednesday.

Schools in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Wexford had already been advised not to open.

In a statement, the department said that schools no longer in a Red or Orange alert area could reopen if school managers had addressed concerns, had an opportunity to check for fallen wires and other serious damage in the vicinity of school buildings.

It said if an individual school in a Status Yellow area is still experiencing a local issue relating to the storm, then the board of management can make a decision to remain closed.

It advised that all schools keep up-to-date with the weather warnings, in particular any change in the status warning for their area.

All early learning and care and school age childcare services in Status Red and Orange areas have also been advised not to open tomorrow.

The Department of Further and Higher Education had advised that all further and higher education institutions that are currently or forecast to be in a Red or Orange weather warning area remain closed on Wednesday.

However, Trinity College Dublin tweeted this evening: "It is a confusing picture out there tonight but right now @tcddublin still plans to open the campus tomorrow. Please check our social media around 8am on Wednesday for the latest news."

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