By Oisín McGovern
NUI Galway President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh has said that the university will continue to teach remotely as the college is “effectively closed”.
Prof Ó hÓgartaigh said the teaching staff are preparing to deliver their courses remotely from March 23.
The college was closed at 6pm yesterday after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of all educational and childcare facilities due to the threat of coronavirus.
Only essential staff such as payroll and research staff are continuing to work on campus.
The NUIG President urged all Irish students to make their way home and urged international students to “keep in touch”.
He said: “You are part of our university community and we would like to make sure that you are well looked after.”
Prof Ó hÓgartaigh called for staff and students look out for each other of the next few weeks.
“This is a time to be kind. This is a time when friends, family, colleagues and neighbours will need our support. The priority at this time for all our colleague should be the support that our community needs.”