West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Mc Aleer welcomes Gaelscoil Ná gCrann new build announcement

Published: 24 June, 2014

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister, John O Dowd of a new school build for Gaelscoil Na gCrann, Omagh. The school was one of 15 across the north included in the latest capital programme, representing an investment of £170 million.

Mr Mc Aleer, whose children attend the school said 'This is excellent news and the culmination of a superb year for Gaelscoil Na gCrann who were crowned All Ireland drama champions in April.

'As a parent, I can bear witness to the first class education experience that the children receive at the school. The staff are highly dedicated and there is a very close knit school community which creates an excellent learning environment.

'Since its inception in 2006, the school has existed in temporary accommodation and with rapidly increasing demand for places; a new build is overdue and well deserved.

'I also want to commend Minister O Dowd and his department for fulfilling their statutory obligations in respect of Irish medium education. This is a flourishing sector and today's announcement of a new build will enable Irish-medium education in the Omagh area to grow and develop into the future'.