Belfast Telegraph

Irish language schools get the go-ahead

By Kathryn Torney
29 September 2004

Two Irish-medium primary schools in Belfast and Co Fermanagh have been given approval by Education Minister Barry Gardiner.

A new school in Belfast's Turf Lodge will be known as Gaelscoil na Mona, while one in Lisnaskea will be called Gaelscoil na Traonaigh.

The Minister also gave conditional approval to new Irish-medium primary schools in Enniskillen and in Draperstown, to be funded when the schools can achieve minimum viability requirements.

The Minister turned down the establishment of a new Irish-medium primary school in the Poleglass area. He said it had failed to demonstrate that it could sustain viable enrolments and there are also existing Irish-medium places available in other nearby Irish-medium primary schools.

The Minister said: "The Department has a statutory duty to encourage and facilitate Irish-medium education. These new schools will serve the local parents and children who have chosen education through the medium of Irish and I wish them every success for the future."

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