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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 2 February 2016

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ceisteanna (505)

Catherine Murphy


505. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills why she decided that An Aonad in Maynooth in County Kildare was preferable when there is a clear, demonstrable demand for a Gaelcholáiste in north County Kildare; if this policy becomes even more inadequate now that children from the area are being refused access in large numbers to their only alternative in Lucan in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4639/16]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Based on parental preferences indicating that there would be sufficient support for Irish-medium provision in the post-primary school to open in 2014 in Maynooth, it was decided that this school would open with an Irish-medium Aonad.

In November 2015, when I announced the new schools which would open in 2017 and 2018 to cater for increased demographic demand, I stated that a Gaelcholáiste to serve the North Kildare area will open in 2019, subject to sufficient viability of the Irish-medium Aonad, which is part of Maynooth Community College. The Gaelcholáiste will operate under the patronage of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board and An Foras Pátrúnachta.