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McElduff concerned at withdrawal of Irish language schools funding

Published: 28 June, 2016

Barry McElduff has expressed concern at the decision of the education minister to withdraw funding for nurture units at two Irish language schools.

Speaking after meeting representatives of the schools this morning, Mr McElduff said;

"I am very concerned at the decision by Education Minister Peter Weir to withdraw funding for nurture units at Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin and Bunscoil an Droichid.

"The announcement has caused considerable anger and disappointment at both schools and among the wider Irish language community.

"These schools had been told the funding was in place and had made plans on that basis.

"Studies have shown that nurture units make a huge difference to the educational outcomes of children and should be encouraged.

"I met with representatives at schools following their protest at Stormont this morning to offer them Sinn Fein's support and I will be raising this issue with the education minister."