On the afternoon of March 25, 2014, a young couple in a small town in the south of Ireland went to the Osha Education Centre, a large building on the outskirts of Dublin.
In the centre, where the children of all ages sit and work, are surrounded by colourful artwork, the Irish Times is told, is the work of the artist Michael Fergusson.
The work, by Ferguson, depicts a group of students sitting around a campfire, drinking hot cocoa, watching the sky and chatting about their lives, and in the background, a bird flying.
The Irish media and the local community have been calling it “Michael Ferguses Night”.
As the news of this event spread across the world, Fergos night became a rallying cry for a group called the Irish Defence Force, who organised a vigil outside the centre.
In a letter to the Irish press, the Defence Force said the centre had not been open for “over a week and that the children were experiencing a lack of attention and protection”.
They added: “The Defence Force has been informed that they have no right to enter or leave the centre and the centre is being kept open.”
A few days later, the centre reopened, but with a smaller group of children.
They were told they would have to leave their rooms and go into the communal hall for counselling.
The children were told the centre was for children who needed special care.
The Defence Force’s letter read: “We are unable to assist you due to the current lockdown.
We understand that you may not have been able to visit or speak with your children.
However, as the centre has been closed for a few days, it is unlikely that any of you will be able to make contact with your child.”
Ferguuss Night, March 25th, 2014.
A young couple visiting the Oseas education centre in the Dublin suburb of Clondalkin.
Ferguss Night is the second part of a three-week campaign by the Irish Government to protect children from the effects of the Zika virus, which has swept through the Caribbean, South America and the Pacific Islands.
On the first day, the Government announced the closure of two childcare centres across the country.
But on March 25 and 26, the Department of Health has announced that it is ending all childcare services across the island of Ireland.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Joan Burton, told the Irish Independent that children are now more vulnerable to being affected by the virus than they were just two weeks ago.
“The first priority for us is to make sure that we do everything we can to help children in this time of crisis,” she said.
Children in the community in Clondarkin, County Meath. “
We want to ensure that we get the best possible response to any situation that might arise.”
Children in the community in Clondarkin, County Meath.
This week, the Health Department announced it would end all childcare across the islands.
The department said it was not aware of any children being in the care of the Department or any children who may have been exposed to the virus.
However there have been reports of parents taking their children to a childcare centre in Limerick or Dublin.
The Health Department said it had contacted local childcare providers and had agreed to provide assistance.
A spokeswoman for the Department said: “In the absence of any evidence that a child is currently in risk, the department has been working closely with the local authorities and with local childcare facilities to address any concerns raised by local parents.”
On Friday, the Minister for Education, Simon Coveney, said the Department was working with the Department for Education and Childcare to provide guidance to childcare providers to ensure they provide safe, well-baby and child care.
He said he was disappointed that the centres that were closed were not providing children with “support and education”.
“We know that there are a number of children who are in the childcare system who have been affected and are in need of support and that’s what we are working with them,” he said.
He added: We will continue to work with them to make the best care possible for them.
In the meantime, the local children are being encouraged to go to their schools and take their children with them.
In an article in the Sunday Independent, the children’s mother, Fiona Moulton, said she felt “like I’m on the brink of a big event”.
She said she had not yet been able for a while to go home because of the lockdown and the fact that the school had been closed.
“I’m not the only one.
I’m just one of the ones who has been affected by this,” she told the paper.
She added that she had no idea how many children were affected by Zika and the amount of care they were receiving.
“What is happening is a bit of a shock,” she explained.
“It’s been quite a