A development proposal for a new full-time nursery unit at Gaelscoil na Daróige in Derry has been turned down.
Education Minister, John O’Dowd says the decision to turn down the proposal was carefully considered.
“The challenge I face is not simply to create more pre-school places, but rather to ensure pre-school provision reflects the needs of the local area.
“Each development proposal must be carefully considered on the basis of all the information pertinent to the individual case. In this particular case, I am satisfied that there is already sufficient Irish- medium pre-school provision in the area,” he says.