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Kelly welcomes Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin decision

25 June, 2012 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed the announcement that North Belfast Irish language primary school Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin is to get a new building.

His comments came following the announcement by Education Minister John O’Dowd that £2.5m will be used to build the new school for Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin.

The North Belfast MLA said:

“This is fantastic news for the whole community and the highest praise must go to the parents and staff of Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin for their dedication and determined campaigning.

“Children being educated in such poor conditions was a huge concern and the logic of building a new school on the Cliftonville Road remained the only viable answer to the on-going problems.

“This new school will be a state of the art development incorporating a nursery and five classrooms beside the former cricket pitch site which is now a GAA facility.

“The development will not only improve the conditions for learning but create local jobs during construction and advance the Irish language sector in North Belfast as a whole."

Gerry Kelly also welcomed the allocating of funding to Coláiste Feirste (£11.9m) and that St Gerard’s Resource Centre is to move to an upgraded Balmoral High School facility.

“Both Coláiste Feirste and St Gerard’s take in pupils from throughout Belfast including the north of the city and indeed wider afield so this is good news all round.” CRÍOCH/END

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