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Kearney convenes Tannaghmore School meeting with Department of Education Permanent Secretary

23 July, 2019 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney today convened a meeting of representatives of Tannaghmore Primary School Board of Governors and Parents Association with the Department of Education Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker and Adrian Murphy from Area Planning within the Department to discuss the future of the school.

Speaking afterwards, Declan Kearney said:

“Today’s meeting with the Department Permanent Secretary was the latest in a series of initiatives which I have undertaken with the Board of Governors and parents of Tannaghmore during the last three years in our collective efforts to secure the future of this local school.

“Our engagement provided an opportunity for representatives of the Tannaghmore school community to present their concerns about the future of the school directly to the Permanent Secretary. It also allowed us to detail the widespread local political and community support which exists for the school continuing as an integral part of rural life in this part of South Antrim.

“The meeting also focused on the essential nature of Tannaghmore PS and the uncertainty which has arisen concerning its future. The delegation spoke passionately about the importance and uniqueness of this school, and the significant benefits for those children who have already experienced four years of Irish medium education.

“Importantly, we addressed the prospects for sustainable enrolment trends, as well as the huge positive potential which Tannaghmore school offers going forward.

“I want to thank the Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker, for the opportunity afforded to the Board of Governors and parents today to make their representations, and also John Blair MLA for his contributions to the meeting and expressed support for the Tannaghmore school community.”

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