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Sinn Féin MLA welcomes replacement classrooms at Castlewellan Bunscoil

23 September, 2009



South Down Sinn Féin MLA Willie Clarke has welcomed the replacement of the three mobile classrooms which were recently destroyed in an arson attack at an Irish language school in Castlewellan, County Down.

Mr Clarke said: “The work at Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche has been carried out over a two week period and the determination of everyone involved in getting the school operating to its full capacity is highly commendable.

“My daughter attends the Bunscoil in Castlewellan and as a parent, as well as an elected representative, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone involved in securing the replacement of the mobiles in such a limited timeframe. Deserving of special mention are the teachers, the staff of the South Eastern Education and Library Board, council employees, the Board of Governors and parents.

“The South Eastern Education and Library Board have been tremendous and their officials have worked really hard and provided great support for the staff and pupils attending Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche. They have brought in contractors at short notice and addressed all the needs that were brought to their attention. Likewise, the construction workers deserve much praise for all their hard work rebuilding the gutted classrooms.”

Mr Clarke, who is also a member of the board of governors at Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche continued:

"Our own staff have been very supportive and have been working very hard since the tragedy and the fruits of their labour are beginning to be realised.

“We have obtained planning permission for a new school and the start date for it construction is fast approaching. Indeed, it is hoped that the first sod will be cut in December. I am delighted and looking forward to reaching the next phase in Irish medium education in south Down. Instead of being demoralised by this mindless arson attack on an important community building, we are going from strength to strength."

“The hard work in ensuring a strong vibrant Irish language will continue and I would like to pay tribute to the community for their fund raising efforts and showing solidarity towards the school during its darkest hour.”

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