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Foras Pátrúnachta to act as patron for two new Gaelcholáistí

July 26, 2012

Two new Gaelcholáistí to open in Dundrum and Balbriggan in Dublin 2014 will have Irish language group an Foras Patrúnachta as a patron, according to details announced by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD today.

The announcement was made as part of plans outlining the development and  patronage of fourteen new second level schools.

Most of the new second level schools are to open in the east of the country around the Dublin commuter belt but two new schools will open in Claregalway in Co. Galway and in the southern area of Cork city.

The Minister stated that he was “confident that the new schools, along with existing schools in each area, will mean that parents and students have real choice when it comes to deciding which school most reflect their own ethos”.

The new Gaelcholáiste in Balbriggan will be smaller than envisaged and will cater for 700-1000 pupils, after a strong preference was shown amongst parents for an  English medium Educate Together school as well. The Foras Pátrúnachta will serve as a patron for a new Gaelcholáiste in Dundrum.

A high level of demand for Irish medium education was expressed in Maynooth and an Irish language unit is expected to be established in the  new post-primary school in Maynooth or in an existing second-level school, upon consultation with An Foras Pátrúnachta.