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Minister opens Bunscoil an Traonaigh in Fermanagh

17 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, opened the latest Irish medium school, Bunscoil an Traonaigh in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh today.

The school moved to its permanent site at Drumbrughas North, Lisnaskea in 2007. Bunscoil an Traonaigh and the local Naiscoil an Traonaigh are unique in that they are the only Irish medium primary and nursery schools in Co Fermanagh.

Welcoming the school to its new site, the Education Minister said:

"It is a pleasure to see the Irish language growing in the Fermanagh area. I would like to congratulate everyone at Bunscoil an Traonaigh for their hard work and dedication in realising this school can be a success and give parents in the area the option of an Irish medium education for their children.

"As Minister for Education I believe in equality and that every child has the right to a quality education. I have a duty and a responsibility to encourage and facilitate Irish Medium education and give parents the option of educating their children through the Irish language.

"I understand that many parents who send their children to Irish speaking schools may not speak the language themselves but this has been demonstrated to have no impact on a child's learning. In fact, I myself would view it as an opportunity for parents to share the experience with their child and learn Irish alongside them. The ability to speak another language can open up a world of new experiences, literature and culture." ENDS

Notes to editors:

Bunscoil an Traonaigh opened in 2004 and was located on the grounds of Lisnaskea Emmets GAA grounds on the Derrylin Road. The school moved to its permanent site at Drumbrughas North, Lisnakea in 2007. The current enrolment is 27.

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