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2 May, 2008


Ag seoladh agóid ar son tumoideachas, Teach Laighean 13 Bealtaine 6in, dúirt Seanadóir Pearse Doherty,

"Tá muid ag impí ar an Aire Oideachas gan cuir isteach ar an gcleachtas rathúil luath-thumoideachas atá i bhfeidhm i ngaelscoileanna na tíre le blianta fada.

"Baineann an feachtas Tumoideachas - Ár Rogha leis an cinneadh Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta ciorclán, a chuir dualgas ar nGaelscoileanna dhá uair go leith de Bhéarla a theagasc gach seachtain ó thús an dara téarma de ranganna naíonán sóisearach.

"Tá an cinneadh seo ón Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta in aghaidh an dea-chleachtais idirnáisiúnta mar a bhaineann leis an tumoideachas.

"Impím ar an Aire an ciorclán seo a tharraingt siar. Impím ar achan duine freastail ar an agóid 13 Bealtaine fosta." Críoch

Launching a protest on May 13, Leinster House @ 6pm, organised by the Sinn Féin Dublin Irish language cumann, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has called on the Minister of Education to review her directive on introducing a minimum of two and a half hours of English language each week to infants beginning at the start of their second term in Gaelscoileanna.

Mr Doherty said,

"We are calling on the Minister not to oppose the current system of total immersion education which is in place in Irish schools throughout the country for years.

"The clear suggestion is that children taught through the medium of Irish are somehow then placed at a disadvantage later. This is not borne out by the facts.

"A recent study of English reading results in second and fifth classes in 70 per cent of Gaelscoileanna revealed that standards of English were higher than the national average.

"Irish schools and the survival of the Irish language must be a priority for any Irish government.

"The Minister is failing in her duties by imposing the teaching of the English language. Her decision is wrong. It is unnecessary. And it will undermine the Irish language. I would urge the Minister to urgently withdraw her directive.

"I urge everyone to attend the protest on the 13th May." ENDS

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