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Education Minister agrees establishment of new Irish-medium unit in Castlewellan

7 March, 2011 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has approved a development proposal to establish an Irish-medium unit at St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan.

Visiting the school today, the Minister said: “Demand from parents for Irish-medium education for their children has been growing for many years and this proposal for a new Irish-medium unit reflects that demand.

“The Department of Education has a statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the development of Irish-medium education. I am therefore approving the establishment of this Irish-medium post-primary unit because I believe this will enable those pupils, already in Irish-medium primary education in the area, to continue their education through the medium of Irish into their post-primary stage.

“I wish the unit every success in the future in delivering a quality education for its pupils through the medium of Irish.”

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