£91K for start-up costs for Dungiven Irish school

Some of the new pupils at Gaelcholaiste Dhoire. INLV3715-039KDR (file pic)
Some of the new pupils at Gaelcholaiste Dhoire. INLV3715-039KDR (file pic)

Start-up costs for the new post primary Irish language school in Dungiven totalled £91,000, figures have revealed.

Education minister John O’Dowd was asked by DUP MLA Gregory Campbell to detail the start-up costs of the post-primary Irish language school in Dungiven, including salaries, pension contributions of all staff in the first year, any capital costs, planning and any other associated costs.

Gaelcholáiste Dhoire opened on 1 September with 14 pupils enrolled.

“Total costs relating to the pre-opening period are currently estimated at £91,053. This amount covers salaries (including employer National Insurance cost), employer pension contributions, legal fees and insurance, consultancy, job adverts, equipment, signage, rent, marketing, travel and office overheads.

“It is not possible to disaggregate costs as to do so may disclose personal information about an individual,” said Mr O’Dowd. “The school’s running costs in the current financial year (from 1 September 2015 to 31 March 2016), which include the pension costs of all staff in the first year, will not be known until the current financial year ends on 31 March 2016.”