Ministers visit local gaelscoil

Deputy Minister Martin McGuinness, with Education Minister John O'Dowd, and Cultural Minister Car�l N� Chuil�n who were presented with framed paper cut artwork 'Is Leatsa � ' all entitled to own the Irish language', made by artist Sara Greavu, during their visit to Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir to mark the school's 14th anniversary. Included, on left, is Mary Nic Ailin, principal, and, on right, Alicia McCarron, vice-principal. (Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
Deputy Minister Martin McGuinness, with Education Minister John O'Dowd, and Cultural Minister Car�l N� Chuil�n who were presented with framed paper cut artwork 'Is Leatsa � ' all entitled to own the Irish language', made by artist Sara Greavu, during their visit to Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir to mark the school's 14th anniversary. Included, on left, is Mary Nic Ailin, principal, and, on right, Alicia McCarron, vice-principal. (Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Three Stormont ministers visited Derry’s Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir yesterday morning.

Culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín, education minister John O’Dowd, and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness visited the Gasyard school to celebrate its 14th anniversary.

During the visit, Ms Ní Chuilín announced a new target of 5,000 fluent Irish speakers as part of the Líofa 2015 initiative.

“I am delighted to be announcing an ambitious new target of getting 5,000 new fluent Irish speakers by 2015. There could be no more appropriate setting than Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir in Derry.

“The school has grown from strength to strength and is now a shining example of how the Irish language builds thriving communities based on inclusion, equality and respect. For fourteen years, the parents, governors, supporters and, most of all, children associated with the Gaelscoil have taken their ‘aisling’ – their dream – and made it a reality.”