There are fears for the livelihood for many Donegal families who provide accommodation for children attending the Gaeltacht.
This week saw summer language courses in the Gaeltacht cancelled, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Donegal families usually welcome students into their homes at locations around the country each summer.
The Department is due to make contact with affected Gaeltacht households and has waived a requirement for them to submit new safety documentation required under the terms of the scheme.
Sharon O'Donnell is a Bean an Ti on Arranmore Island and says the loss of income for this year year will be substainial, but remains hopeful that the Department will step in: