Thursday 18 January 2018

Numbers at Gaelscoileanna soar

Fiona Ellis

THE number of pupils attending all-Irish primary schools in south Dublin has doubled since 2001.

But this increase has not been matched by the creation of additional places at second level, it was claimed yesterday.

"There is massive unmet demand for Irish language second-level education in South Dublin," said Lugh O Braonain, spokesperson for the campaign to set up a new school, Bunchoiste Gaelcholaiste Dheisceart Atha Cliath.

He said a suitable building had been identified for the proposed Gaelcholaiste. The total cost of any refurbishment necessary to equip the Gaelcholaiste to the highest standard had been put at under €3m. An indication of the growing demand was shown at Colaiste Eoin in Stillorgan where parents put their children's names down yesterday for entry in two years' time.

Irish Independent

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