Friday 30 September 2016

Irish schools told to cancel Paris trip plans

Published 23/11/2015 | 18:43

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Irish schools have been told to cancel any plans to visit the Paris area of France before November 29.

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The advice was issued by the Department  of Foreign Affairs after receiving updated instructions from the French Ministry for Education.

The advice relates to the  Île-de-France region - the area surrounding and including Paris -  as part of the national state of emergency in France.

The French Ministry for Education has cancelled all school trips to the region, while all other school trips,  including those intending to transit through Paris airports, must obtain advance authorisation from the relevant local authorities.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said: “While the new instructions from the French authorities may cause some inconvenience to affected schools, we must take all security instructions very seriously”.

He said his department was recommending that Irish schools planning to take groups to the Île-de-France region between now and 29 November follow the French Ministry of Education’s advice not to travel.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also recommends that Irish schools planning to take groups elsewhere in France between now and 29 November contact their partner schools and tour organisers in order to confirm such trips meet with the necessary authorisation requirements,” he said.

Mr Flanagan said his department and Irish Embassy in Paris continued to work closely with the French authorities at this time.

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