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Free antigen tests for college students announced by Government

Colleges are set to give out free antigen tests for staff and students following a Government announcement.

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris announced a €9 million fund for all third level institutions to get antigen tests.

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Simon Harris said: “The fund is there to buy antigen tests and provide them to students for free, and it’s up to institutions how they decide to do that over the coming months.”

“I have met with the experts who see benefit in expanding use and I have heard from students who have asked for assistance with the cost,” he said.

“I am responding to this with a €9 million fund which will be available for all colleges in Ireland to draw down from to provide free antigen tests on college campuses.”

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Harris said this will be an extra measure to protect the third level and wider community.

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