I’ve written to Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to request that she makes provision for a gaelcholáiste in the Dublin 15 / East Meath region in the next round of new secondary school planning her Department issues.
The Dublin 15 / East Meath region currently has a number of thriving gaelscoileanna. However, after completing their primary education, there is no local provision for these children to continue their secondary education through the medium of Irish. Colaiste Mhuire, which is currently the sole option for students in this area, is both a significant distance away and not easily accessible from the Dublin 15 area. No one would ever suggest that students should have to travel that distance in order to attend an English language secondary school.
There is a proven demand for a gaelcholáiste in this area, as over 450 names have been registered with the committee seeking to establish the school – Coiste Bunaithe Choláiste na Tulchann – for entry from 2017 on.
I strongly believe that parents should be supported where they wish to have their children educated in Irish. On Fingal County Council, I have worked within as part of the Development Plan process, to have references to Irish language schools incorporated in that document. I’m calling on Minister O’Sullivan to ensure that planning can begin for a gaelcholáiste in Dublin 15.