Extreme weather

Met Éireann has issued weather warnings nationwide as Storm Emma approaches. There are three categories of weather warning: status yellow, status orange and status red. You can check the current status of the weather warning in your area on met.ie.

Visit winterready.ie for detailed advice on how to cope with winter weather. The website has categories covering the home, road safety, schools, the farming community and the business sector and includes a Be Winter Ready booklet (pdf). You can find tips on preventing frozen water pipes and unexpected leaks on water.ie.

Employers and employees disrupted by the weather can find information about their rights and obligations on workplacerelations.ie.

The Department of Education and Skills provides guidelines for school management (pdf) with advice about ensuring school premises are safe, communication with parents and what action to take in the case of each weather warning. Many schools close when a status red weather warning is issued.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is providing ongoing updates about its services and supports for people who may have difficulty with heating costs.

Follow the Office of Emergency Planning on Twitter @emergency.ie for updates.

Are you registered to vote?

The Register of Electors for 2018-2019 was published on 1 February 2018 and comes into force on 15 February 2018. You can check to see if your name is on the Register.

If you are eligible to vote but are not on the Register of Electors, you can apply to be included in a supplement to it, using Form RFA2.

If you are on the Register but have changed address, you use form RFA3 to apply for inclusion on the supplement at your new address. This will also remove you from the register for your previous address.

You can apply at any time. However, you can only be included in the supplement used at an election or referendum if your local authority receives your application at least 15 days before polling day. Sundays, public holidays and Good Friday are not counted as days for this purpose.

Read more about registering to vote.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. This year it takes place on Tuesday 6 February. The theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”.

Find out more about how to stay safe when using the internet on webwise.ie.

CAO dates in 2018

You apply for almost all full-time undergraduate courses through the Central Applications Office (CAO). The CAO provides a handbook that lists all the courses on offer and gives information on how to apply. The closing date for 2018 applications from Irish and other European Union nationals is 5.15 pm on 1 February 2018. Late applications are allowed up to 5.15 pm on 1 May 2018. You can get a full list of dates on the CAO website.

Decisions on offers of places are normally made in August, after the results of the Leaving Certificate have come out.

Application deadlines and fees for 2018

Early online discounted rate € 30 20 Jan 2018 (5:15pm) – now closed
Normal online application € 45 1 Feb 2018 (5:15 pm)
Late online application € 60 1 May 2018 (5:15 pm)
Change of mind (opens from 5 May 2018) Nil 1 July 2018 (5:15 pm)

You could  amend your course choices free of charge until 31 January (the day before the normal application deadline). From 5 February to 1 March 2018 you can pay €10 to amend your course choices online. There is a further chance to change your mind, free of charge, from 5 May 2018.

Late applications are not accepted for the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) schemes or for certain restricted courses. You must apply for these by 5.15 pm on 1 February 2018.

Read our document on applying to college.