Tánaiste indicates that a phased re-opening of schools through February and March could be on the cards

The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says he hopes there will be a phased re-opening of schools through February and March.

It will start with special needs education with negotiations ongoing between the government and unions. 

Leo Varadkar said the number of new cases is halving every 10 days - and that in under three weeks numbers will be lower than they were when the schools were last open.

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