O’Brien calls for schools trust to amend policy
Speaking from a protest by parents in Dublin today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called upon the Edmund Rice Schools Trust to reinstate their original admissions policy to allow students to continue their education in Irish.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“Due to a number of changes in admissions policy by the Edmund Rice Schools Trust there will now be post-primary students who will not be able to continue their education in an Irish-medium setting.
“Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG, Cork, has had to decrease the number of students that it can take in going from having three to two first year classes. The trust has also modified the number of feeder schools to the gaelcholaiste.
“Parents and teachers are rightfully angered by this move and gathered today to demonstrate against the decision.
“All children should be entitled to Irish-medium education and I am calling upon the Trust to amend their policy accordingly.
“This is a matter of educational equality.”