Ireland: Petition launched to resolve 'education through Irish' row

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jan 15 14:30:21 UTC 2008

 <>  Petition launched to resolve 'education
through Irish' row

By Anne Lucey <>
Monday January 14 2008

Language and community groups are launching a national petition for
"education through Irish" in the west Kerry Gaeltacht. It is the latest
development in an ongoing row in the community over the all-Irish policy of
Dingle's new secondary school, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne.  Legal action in
the High Court is being pursued by parents who want their children to have
an option to be taught through English in the school.  The new state-of-the
art 470-pupil community school, run by a board of trustees and the Kerry
Education Service, opened last September. It replaced two secondary schools
in which it was claimed there was a more relaxed policy towards the teaching
of subjects through Irish.

Yesterday, Tuismitheoiri na Gaeltachta said a petition will be advertised in
newspapers and on the website this week, seeking support
nationally for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne's Irish Language policy, "a policy
unanimously agreed at a parents meeting on 24 January 2006". "If other
parents want an English language school to be established, nobody is
opposing them or the Department in doing so, but this should not be done at
the expense of Gaeltacht children being educated through Irish," a spokesman

- Anne Lucey
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