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Sinn Féin MLA Welcomes Irish School Funding Boost

22 March, 2010 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Assembly’s Education committee, Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the decision by Education Minister Caitriona Ruane to fund four Irish Language schools with an investment of £2million in the sector.

Ms O’Neill said,

“More and more parents are deciding to teach their children through the medium of Irish and it is important that these children are afforded equality of opportunity in terms of having proper school facilities in order to be educated to the highest standard.

“The decision today by Education Minister Caitriona Ruane to invest £2 million in schools in Belfast, Crumlin, Castlewellan and Newtownabbey through Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta will ensure that the children at these schools will have proper classrooms in order to learn. The work of the Iontaobhas is firmly securing the Irish Medium Sector well into the future and they are entitled to continued support in securing equality for this sector.

“The Irish language is in a period of revival with the number of people using it as their first language growing day by day. Central to this is the use of the language by children and young people and it is therefore crucial that these young people have the choice of an education through the medium of Irish.” CRÍOCH

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