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Decision to block Gaelscoil Eanna funding described as 'total nonsense'

30 January, 2007


Sinn Féin General Secretary and South Antrim representative Mitchel McLaughlin has described the decision of British direct rule Education Minister Maria Eagle to block funding for Gaelscoil Eanna in Glengormley as 'total nonsense' that will deny the right of children to reasonably access Irish medium education.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"This decision is a total nonsense. The two schools that Maria Eagles refers to are in the Mhic Reachtain in the New Lodge, which is six miles away, and Bheann Mhadagáin on the Cliftonville Road.

"In an urban setting the decision not to fund this school is, in effect, denying the right of children in Glengormley the right to reasonably access Irish medium education.

"When the decision was taken, by Martin McGuinness as the Education Minster, to introduced specific viability criteria for the Irish and Integrated sector it was because they are under developed educational sectors that had been starved of support by successive British direct rule administrations. The Irish language has suffered systematic discrimination and attack.

"There are serious concerns that under the clock of declining student numbers and the Bain Review that the Department of Education will undermine parental choice and particularly Irish medium schools.

"Sinn Féin is seeking an urgent meeting with Maria Eagle to discus this issue and also the implications of the approach adopted by Ms Eagle and Peter Hain to the implementation of the Bain Review."

'Seafóid!' a bhaist ionadaí ceantair Shinn Féin, Mitchel Mc Laughlin ag freagairt ar chinneadh Aire Bhriotanaigh, Maria Eagle agus diúltu moladh forbartha Scoil Naomh Éanna.

Dúirt an t-Uasal Mc Laughlin go bhfuil an dá scoil sé mhíle ó Ghleann Ghormlaithe agus ní bheadh sé praiticiúil ar scor ar bith

"Táim buartha nach bhfuil an rialtais ag smaoineadh ar cearta na bpáistí sa chás seo agus táim ag éileamh crinniú leis an Aire go práinneach chun ceist impleachtaí le Tuairisc Bain agus rialtais na Breataine agus a phléigh." CRIOCH

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