Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has cut the first sod of a new building for Gaelscoil Éanna, Glengormley.
The new accommodation will consist of three classrooms, resource space, offices, staff room and play areas and is due to be completed by April 2012 at a cost of nearly £500,000. The scheme will be managed by Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta (InaG), the Trust Fund for Irish-Medium Education and was initially announced by the previous Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, in March 2010.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister said: “I am pleased to be here to officially cut the first sod of new school accommodation for Gaelscoil Éanna. This marks a new beginning for all those involved with the Gaelscoil and is another chapter in Irish-medium education in Glengormley and the surrounding area.
“The Irish language is an integral part of our rich and shared heritage and I value the benefits that Irish-medium education offers children. This is an exciting time for everyone involved in Gaelscoil Éanna and I celebrate along with the rest of the Irish-medium sector the start of this new build.
“I would like to congratulate the Principal, Maighréad Ní Chonghaile, the staff, Board of Governors, Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta, Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta and of course the parents and pupils who have worked so hard to get to this stage.”