Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has said his party will continue to support the development of Irish medium post primary school, Coláiste Dhoire.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s debate on the Dungiven meánscoil in the Assembly, the East Derry MLA said; “Parents of children at bunscoileanna in the area will be at Parliament Buildings to meet with Sinn Féin MLAs in support of Education Minister John O’Dowd’s Coláiste Dhoire proposal.
“They will be joined by members of the school’s development committee and Irish language activists from county Derry and across the North.
“Those opposed to the development of Coláiste Dhoire have wrongly claimed the Western and Eastern education and library boards are against the plans which is not the case.
“Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, the body with responsibility for Irish language provision is fully supportive of the development of Coláiste Dhoire.
“Sinn Féin has consistently supported Coláiste Dhoire and the provision of Irish medium education and we will continue to do so by opposing this motion.”
The motion from Ulster Unionist MLAs, Danny Kinahan and Sandra Overend reads: “This Assembly notes with concern the decision of the Minister of Education to approve Development Proposal 264 to establish a new grant-aided, independent Irish Medium Post-Primary school Coláiste Dhoire at Owenbeg, Dungiven; further notes that this decision was taken contrary to official advice from the Western Education and Library Board, the North Eastern Education and Library Board, the Education and Training Inspectorate, the Ministerial Advisory Group on Irish Medium Education and his own Department; and calls on both the Minister of Education and the Executive, in the context of ongoing budgetary pressures, to review this decision on the grounds of rationality, affordability and sustainability.”