On May 1st the Irish Government outlined a comprehensive plan for the re-opening of business and society on a phased basis between May 18th and August 10th.
According to the plan announced, ELT schools must remain closed to students until Stage 5 which sees the gradual re-opening of most businesses in Ireland. This stage will be from August 10th as things stand and so this gives us a date to plan towards.
However, the government has also indicated that schools and colleges may not return until September. We are seeking clarification around the dates and we will provide you with further information as soon as possible.
While schools remain closed we are continuing to run our range of online programmes for our students.
If you need any information about any of our courses or current offers, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Irish government has just announced further measures for the containment of Covid-19.
These include an extension of the restrictions already in place for a further three weeks until Tuesday 5th May. Schools will now remain closed until further notice.
We remain committed to the delivery our online lessons and to provide any support you may need during this time. For those of you that had booked holidays for the duration of the closures, please contact us if you would like to return to our online lessons.
24/03/20: The Government of Ireland extended the school closures until 19th April. Students currently attending a course at Emerald can continue to avail of our online lessons. For any questions please contact email@example.com
For further information from the Department of Education click here
For information from the HSE about Coronavirus click here
For FAQs from INIS click here
23/03/20: For further information from the Irish Department of Education for English language students, please click here
Immigration Permissions 20/03/20
The Department of Justice last night announced that immigration permissions due to expire between 20/03/20 and 20/05/20 will be extended for two months. The renewal of the permission will be on the same basis as the existing permission.
This applies to:
The registration office at Burgh Quay is now closed. If you have not yet had the opportunity to register, it will not be necessary to do so until the offices reopen or alternative arrangements are put in place. Existing appointments will be cancelled. If you are awaiting your first registration and have received permission to enter Ireland on condition that you register at Burgh Quay within 3 months, this renewal also applies.
There is no requirement to register this two month renewal. When registrations resume, the normal fees for registration and renewal will apply.
If your permission expired before 20/03/20, this does not apply to you and the Department will deal with these renewals on a case-by-case basis.
This measure will be kept under review as the Covid-19 situation progresses.
A lot of you may be concerned at the moment about your visas and immigration status and hopefully this new measure is positive and will provide some clarity for you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See the link below for further information:
Irish government emergency measures 12/03/20
The Prime Minister of Ireland this morning made an announcement regarding Covid-19:
“Our own National Public Health Emergency Team met last night and has issued new advice to Government. We are acting on that advice today. […] So, from 6pm today, the following measures are being put in place. They will stay in place until March 29th. Schools, colleges, and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow. Where possible, teaching will be done on-line or remotely. Cultural institutions will close.”
The “unprecedented measures to protect public health”, include the closure of language schools
According to this directive, with effect from 18.00 today, Thursday, 12 March 2020 Emerald will close and remain closed until the proposed re-opening date of Monday, 30 March 2020.
The health, safety and well being of our students, staff, host families and partners continues to be of the utmost importance to us in this situation and we are following all the guidelines and advice given by the Irish Departments of Health and Education, the National Public Health Emergency Team and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Current Emerald students will be contacted in the coming days with technical information to continue their course through online lessons. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com
For further guidelines from the Irish Health Service Executive, see the following link: