‘Can do, will do’
No grant aid, no recognition.
It’s a blunt message that the authorities have send to many Irish Medium Schools in the past.
And yet with the help and support of Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta those schools have come out the other side of refusal to gain full recognition and grant aid.
Which is why Gaelscoil Éanna in Glengormley is confident that it will come through the crisis sparked by the refusal of British government Minister Maria Eagle, to recognize their new Irish medium primary.
Gaelscoil Éanna, the first Irish Medium primary school in the Glengormley area, should have been opening on September 1 this year with full recognition and grant aid from the Department of Education.
The school has 13 pupils on it’s rolls, one more than the 12 required by the Department for schools in a nonurban area to get full recognition. However Stormont Minister Maria Eagle informed Gaelscoil Éanna at the start of this year that in spite of exceeding the criteria for the number of pupils that the school would not be getting full recognition from day one. She cited the affect the school might have on other Irish Medium Schools, schools which are situated in an area almost 7 miles away. While a parent at Gaelscoil Éanna is now taking legal action against the Minister her decision will not thwart plans by Glengormley parents.
“Without or without full recognition Gaelscoil Éanna will be opening in September 2007 in response to the needs of children and parents in the Glengormley area and their desire to have the choice of Irish Medium Education” says Ciaran Mac Kavanagh, chair of the
“The knowledge that Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta, that parents and supporters will be with us all the way makes us even more determined. We will not allow the years of hard work in building up the naíscoil and in developing a bunscoil to be negated by a decision which is manifestly unjust. Our nursery school, Naíscoil Éanna is already at full capacity and fully subscribed for the next 3 years, and there is a continuous and growing demand for Irish
medium education here.
So with the help of Iontaobhas and others we are going to press ahead confident that the new Gaelscoil will prove to be as successful as the naíscoil.”