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Education Minister Peter Weir had been under pressure to delay the return to school (Michael Cooper/PA)

Education Minister Peter Weir had been under pressure to delay the return to school (Michael Cooper/PA)

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Back to class: Pupils from St Dominic’s in Belfast return to school in September wearing masks

Back to class: Pupils from St Dominic’s in Belfast return to school in September wearing masks

Locked gates at Lagmore Primary in Lisburn

Locked gates at Lagmore Primary in Lisburn

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Education Minister Peter Weir had been under pressure to delay the return to school (Michael Cooper/PA)

It's New Year's Eve at the end of what has been a fraught, anxious and unexpectedly difficult year.

Peter Weir has just left Stormont after a barrage of questioning in the Assembly. It hasn't been the Christmas he anticipated.

The start to the New Year doesn't promise much comfort.


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