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Minister celebrates 20 years of Naíscoil Mhic Reachtain

25 September, 2009 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Naíscoil Mhic Reachtain.

Speaking at the event in Duncairn Avenue, Belfast, the Minister said: “It is a pleasure to be invited here to celebrate 20 years of the Naíscoil in North Belfast. I believe it is essential that children are given the opportunity to learn Irish at an early age. Research shows us the importance of the pre-school year in the social and intellectual development of children and in raising educational standards overall.

“Irish medium education is the fastest growing primary sector in the north and I hope the children here progress from the Naíscoil to Bunscoil and then to Irish-medium secondary education.

“I also want to praise the dedication and hard work of all the staff in fostering the children’s progress in an enjoyable, caring and stimulating environment, which will play an extremely important role in their educational and social development.”

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