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Ruane commends commitment of Irish Medium sector

10 June, 2008


Sinn Féin Minister for Education Caitríona Ruane today officially opened Gaelscoil Éanna in Glengormley

Ms Ruane said: "I would like to congratulate everyone at Gaelscoil Éanna and wish them every success in the future. I never fail to be impressed with the determination and commitment displayed by all those involved in the Irish Medium sector. We are seeing more and more parents choosing to educate their children in Irish.

"The benefits of bilingualism are well documented and can help build children's confidence, raising self esteem as well as giving them access to a wealth of different cultural experiences.

"I would like to pay tribute to the tireless work carried out by Comhaírle na Gaelscolaíochta in promoting and supporting Irish Medium schools. The continued growth of this sector is in no small part due to their hard work.

"As Minister for Education I have a responsibility and statutory obligation to encourage and facilitate Irish Medium Education. This is reinforced by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages that requires government to promote the Irish language in education.

"I would like to thank Newtownabbey's new Mayor, Victor Robinson, for attending today on this his first official engagement. It was a very generous gesture and was greatly appreciated by everyone."

Note to editor

Gaelscoil Éanna opened in 2007 and is located on a site at St Enda's GAC, Glengormley.

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