Ballymagroarty Irish language primary school, Gaelscoil na Daróige, is to get four new classroom accommodation units.
Sinn Féin councillor Eric McGinley welcomed the move and said it was evidence of the growth of the school and of the Irish language in the city generally.
“In response to representations to Sinn Féin made by Gaelscoil na Daróige, Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney contacted the Department of Education supporting the school’s request for new four class accommodation.
“Having recently visited the school myself, the need for increased space was clear to see and we welcome the Department’s decision this week to agree to the installation of accommodation units subject to receiving the necessary planning approvals,” he said.
Colr. McGinley also said the new accommodation units will enhance the existing facilities at the school.
“Gaelscoil na Daróige is a thriving Irish language facility which is gaining increasing support from parents and the children who are attending classes are entitled to quality accommodation and space which will assist in meeting their educational needs.
“The Minister’s decision is another clear example of support for Irish language and Sinn Féin will also continue to work on behalf of Irish medium schools in the city,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson visited the Ballymagraorty gaelscoil yesterday morning to meet with staff and pupils to discuss the school’s ongoing development plans.