Inishowen’s only Irish language secondary school has been granted a ‘stay of execution’ as the Department of Eudcation has decided to extend provisional recognition to Coláiste Chineál Eoghain for the 2013/2014 year.
There was outcry several months ago when it became clear the Department intended to close the Irish medium school because of ‘insufficient numbers’. The decision caused outrage locally.
Speaking yesterday Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh described the Department’s move as ‘a very positive step’ for Inishowen families and for the Irish language.
“I have been working with Coláiste Chineál Eoghain and with Donegal VEC since last March to secure this extension. I made a number of submissions to the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD, about this matter, and I also raised the issue directly with senior officials in the Department.
Inishowen Sinn Féin Councillor and VEC board member, Jack Murray confirmed he had spoken to VEC Chief Executive Shaun Purcell, and he was delighted that Colaiste Chineal Eoghain will remain open.
“This announcement provides some certainty for those families who intend to enrol their children in the school this year. “I would encourage anyone who is still considering Colaiste Chineal Eoghain as an option for their child to do so
“I will continue to work to ensure the future for Irish language education in Inishowen.”
Labour Senator, Jimmy Harte also welcomed the decision.