Cllr Nic Cormaic supports setting up of multi-denominational Gaelscoil in Goatstown-Stillorgan area
Sinn Féin Cllr Sorcha Nic Cormaic supports the setting up of a Multi-denominational Gaelscoil in the Goatstown-Stillorgan area.
Cllr Nic Cormaic believes that Irish-medium education is an innovative way of advancing shared education, making schools sustainable and providing pupils with the advantages of bilingualism.
It offers a proven system which expands children’s skills in English and Irish, providing them the skills to learn further languages with greater ease.
Nic Cormaic said:
“According to the most recent 2011 census there are 14, 229 daily Irish speakers in Dublin. This figure represents 18.4% of all daily Irish speakers on the island, the highest proportion in the country. While 373, 706 of people living in Dublin can speak some Irish.
“The growth in demand for education through the Irish medium is represented by the fact that families from the area who wish to send their children to Gaelscoileanna face huge waiting lists with little prospect of gaining a place in some of the schools.
“A new Gaelscoil in the area would help cater for this demand, and offer families the choice of an Irish language education. I am delighted that there seems to be a considerable uptake in interest from local families
“As a proud Gaeilgeoir who raises her family in an Irish speaking household, I fully support the setting up of a new Gaelscoil in the Goatstown-Stillorgan area, but I also encourage those less proficient or with no Irish at all to consider the advantages of sending your children to an Irish-medium school.
Testimonials from many parents show there is no disadvantage, and supports are there to help any parent with homework or who wishes to improve their Irish.
See www.gaelscoileanna.ie for more information and to register your interest.