D8CEC CLG provides second-chance education and lifelong learning opportunities to over 450 adults each year.

Our courses respond to the needs of the adult community in Dublin 8 and surrounding areas.

We keep our students central to our work and ensure our programmes, tutors and learning environment are the best they can possibly be.

Our motto is: “It’s never too late to learn”.

To find out more about the courses we offer, click here.

If you’re interested in enrolling in one of our courses, apply here.


What is COVID-19?  

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new strain of Corona Virus. ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel Corona Virus’ or ‘2019-CoV.’ The COVID-19 virus is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?  

Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. These symptoms are like the flu (influenza) or the common cold, which are a lot more common than COVID-19. Therefore testing is required to confirm if someone has COVID-19.

How does COVID-19 spread?  

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing). Individuals can also be infected from and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and touching their face (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth). The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but simple disinfectants can kill it.

Who is most at risk?  

Older people, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, appear to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms.  We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but so far there are relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children. This is a new virus and we need to learn more about how it affects adult and children. The virus can be fatal in rare cases, so far mainly among older people with pre-existing medical conditions.

What is the treatment for COVID-19?  

There is no currently available vaccine for COVID-19. However, many of the symptoms can be treated and getting early care from a healthcare provider can make the disease less dangerous. There are several clinical trials that are being conducted to evaluate potential therapeutics for COVID-19.

How can the spread of COVID-19 be slowed down or prevented?  

As with other respiratory infections like the flu or the common cold, public health measures are critical to slow the spread of illnesses. Following basic principles can help keep students, teachers, and staff safe at Centre and help stop the spread of this disease. Recommendations for healthy environments are:

  • Sick students, teachers and other staff are recommended to stay home if they are well enough to do so or contact the health service if they are acutely unwell. They should not come to work and should restrict their movements for 14 days from symptom onset, the last five days of which should be fever free
  • covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately.
  • We enforce regular hand washing with safe water and soap, alcohol rub/hand sanitiser or chlorine solution and, at a minimum, daily disinfection and cleaning of surfaces. Wash your hands often, especially before and after eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom/ toilets/latrines and whenever your hands are visibly dirty. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • We provide water, sanitation on every floors and waste management facilities and follow environmental cleaning and decontamination procedures
  • We promote social distancing (a term applied to certain actions that are taken to slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease, including limiting large groups of people coming together). Work areas can be divided into zones with personnel allocated to work within each zone. Zones could be identified by colour, number, section, etc. Movement between zones should always be minimised and controlled.

Plan for continuity of learning

In the case of absenteeism/sick leave or temporary Centre closures, support continued access to quality education. This can include:

  • Use of online/e-learning strategies
  • Assigning reading and exercises for home study
  • Assigning teachers to conduct remote daily or weekly follow up with students
  • Review/develop accelerated education strategies

We at D8CEC CLG respect your right to privacy and comply with our obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into effect on 25th May 2018. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to outline how we deal with any personal data you provide to us while visiting the website of D8CEC CLG. If you are not happy with this Privacy Policy, you should not use this website.

D8CEC CLG Privacy Policy (GDPR)

By visiting this website, you are accepting the terms of the Privacy Policy of D8CEC CLG. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable; we are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of these websites.

Here at D8CEC CLG, we retain two types of information, Personal and Non Personal data. 

Personal data

This is data that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you. Such data as your name, organisation/ company name, address, phone number, email address.

How and why we use/share your personal data

We use your personal data for purposes including:

  • Your application for the enrolment
  • To provide you and match with appropriate education level and support
  • To monitor your academic progress
  • To care for our staff and learners
  • To process grant applications and other funding
  • To coordinate, evaluate, fund and organise educational programmes
  • To comply with our legal obligations as an education body
  • To comply with our monitoring and reporting obligations to Government bodies.

How long we keep your personal data

We only keep your personal data for as long as necessary to meet the purposes set out in this notice according to its data retention policy. Some personal data is only kept for a short period. Data which is no longer needed is safely destroyed at the end of an academic year. Some data we retain for a longer period e.g. Roll Books and Enrollment Form are retained in the Centre for six years. 

Non-personal data

Like most websites, we gather statistical and other analytical information collected on visitors to our website. This non-personal data comprises information that cannot be used to identify or contact you, such as demographic information regarding, for example, user IP addresses, browser types and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of our website.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We may update this privacy policy from time to time and will publish such updated version on our website, as appropriate.

Quality Assurance

D8CEC is a QQI Quality Assured centre. We aim to continuously deliver a high standard of courses that meet the demand of our community in a friendly and welcoming environment.