09 March 2006

Boost for Irish education


by Damian McCarney

Gaeilgeoirí at a Twinbrook Irish medium primary school are celebrating having been given the green light to trade in their mobile huts for a brand new school.

Scoil na Fuiseoige in Summerhill are to be one of the schools across the North to benefit from the release of £380million for school building investment announced by Education Minister Angela Smith last week.

Delighted with the announcement that Scoil na Fuiseoige will receive £1.9million in the scheme, Príomhoide Eilís Uí Néill said that it will provide much needed permanent accommodation.

“We are ecstatic at this news. Everyone has worked very hard to reach this point and we are delighted that we have secured a new brick building for the school.

“The mobile huts that we have for our school have meant that our accommodation fell short of modern standards.

“This has been unfair for the children and parents in this area who choose Irish medium education for their children,” said Eilís Uí Néill.

She also commended the contribution of parents who have sent their children to Scoil na Fuiseoige since the school opened in 1994.

“Without their dedication to the Irish language medium, our class numbers would not be big enough to qualify for this grant. I hope that they share in this great news,” said Eilís Uí Néill.

It is understood that in addition to the new building, the children will also benefit from new play areas.

“We will hopefully have good play facilities included in the project as we own a large area of land where the school is presently sited.

“This gives us scope for an excellent play area alongside the school building,” said Eilís Uí Néill.

On a previous occasion, Scoil na Fuiseoige had believed that they would receive a new school building, and in preparation had plans and surveys conducted in preparation.

The project never materialised but they hope that with this preparatory work already completed, the development of their seven classroom school can swiftly get underway.

Journalist:: Damien McCarney

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