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Ruane welcomes Irish language educational resource

28 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, today welcomed the launch of an Irish language resource to teach children about the proposed Bill of Rights.

Bille na gCeart i Scoileanna: Acmhainn d'Iarbhunscoileanna is the Irish Language version of the Bill of Rights in Schools: A Resource for Post-Primary Schools.

The materials for Bille na gCeart i Scoileanna: Acmhainn d'Iarbhunscoileanna have been developed through a unique partnership of the Human Rights Commission, the Department of Education and all five Education and Library Boards in association with Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta and An tÁisaonad.

Commenting at the launch held in Coláiste Feirste, Belfast, Ms Ruane said: "In 1991 there were fewer than 400 pupils learning through the medium of Irish in the north. Today that number has risen to over 3000 and that is against a backdrop of falling rolls in other schools.

"The launch of Bille na gCeart i Scoileanna: Acmhainn d'Iarbhunscoileanna has given me the pleasure of revisiting this educational resource and I was once again impressed by its scope and content. The rights of Irish speakers needs to be respected and I am fully supportive of Acht na Gaeilge.

"I would like to thank the Human Rights Commission for putting together this launch and to Garaí Mac Roibeaird for facilitating the event.

"Ba mhaith liom buíochas a thabhairt don Choimisiún um Chearta an Duine as an seoladh seo a eagrú agus do Garaí Mac Roibeaird as an imeacht a éascú."

Notes to Editors

The English Language version of the resource was published in 2004. When originally distributed, schools in the Irish medium sector received Irish language versions of the resource sheets.

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Coláiste Feirste situated in West Belfast is the only post-primary school in the North of Ireland to provide education through the medium of the Irish Language.

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