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Ruane Approves funding for Irish Medium Schools

8 August, 2007


Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has announced funding for three Irish-Medium primary schools.

The Minister has approved funding for the establishment of new grant aided schools, Gaelscoil na Daróige in Derry, Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach in Crumlin and Gaelscoil Éanna in Glengormley.

The Minister said:

"In recent years we have seen increasing demand from parents to have their children educated through the medium of Irish. This is significant at a time when we see an overall fall in the numbers of children in our schools.

"We are currently carrying out a review into the provision of Irish-medium education and when completed this will help inform our future planning to meet the growing demand.

"I am pleased to offer support to Gaelscoil na Daróige in Derry, Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach in Crumlin and Gaelscoil Éanna in Glengormley. I would pay tribute to the teachers, parents and children who have worked hard to bring these schools into existence. In all three areas, parents have recognised the value of a second language for their children and it is important that this interest is nurtured." ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. At the request of the Board of Governor's, the Western Education and Library Board (WELB) published Development Proposal No 190 on 28 March 2007 to the effect that a new grant-aided Irish-medium primary school in Branch and Springtown area of Derry, be established from 1 September 2007 or as soon as possible thereafter. The statutory 2-month period for objections ended on 29 May 2007.
  2. At the request of the Board of Governors, the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) published Development Proposal No 236 on 26 April 2007 to the effect that a new grant-aided Irish-medium primary school in Crumlin be established from 1 September 2007 or as soon as possible thereafter. The statutory 2-month period for objections ended on 26 June 2007.
  3. At the request of the Management Committee of Gaelscoil Éanna the North Eastern Education Library Board (NEELB) published Development Proposal No 235 on 26 April 2007 to the effect that a new grant-aided Irish medium primary school should be established at Hightown Road, Glengormley from 1 September 2007 or as soon as possible thereafter. The statutory 2-month period for objections ended on 26 June 2007.
  4. In all three cases, support is conditional on achieving minimum year 1 intake levels of 15 pupils for Gaelscoil na Daróige and 12 pupils for both Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach and Gaelscoil Éanna and Departmental approval of the respective school premises and sites.
  5. The funding will also be reviewed after 3 years to ensure that sustained viability has been achieved.

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