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Equality & Respect can’t be dismissed by DUP – Cllr Sinéad Ennis

  “This election is about equality, respect and integrity in the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement” according to Councillor Sinéad Ennis, the Sinn Féin candidate for South Down, alongside Chris Hazzard. The Crotlieve councillor said: “Equality and respect can’t be dismissed by The DUP as a wish list. Equality and respect are the […]

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Ó Donnghaile ‘Bursaries not Boilers’ protest

  Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile calls Irish-language activists to back the ‘Bursaries not Boilers’ protest tomorrow. Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said: “An Dream Dearg have organised a protest at the Department of Communities on Bedford Street tomorrow at 12.30pm. “This protest has been organised to show the anger at the decision taken by the […]

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£400,000 investment in Gaelscoil Na mBeann welcomed

  Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has expressed her delight on the announcement of a £400,000 investment in Gaelscoil Na mBeann Irish medium primary school. Ms. Ruane said: “I am delighted at the news that Kilkeel’s Irish language primary school, Gaelscoil Na mBeann has been awarded £400,000 for developing the school. “I approved this school […]

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Chris Hazzard MLA South Down has welcomed a statement from Tomás Ó Néill, Schools Development Officer with Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, that a feasibility study into the provision of Irish-medium provision within the Lecale area is being carried out. “Only last week I met parents in the area, who raised bilingual education as a priority, so I am confident that this initiative will have the support of the community. This is particularly important in the early stages of establishing any school, so I have made contact with these young families to make them aware of this feasibility study. “ “Parents and carers don’t have to have a command of Irish for children to benefit and based on reports I have been getting from parents who have sent their children to Irish medium education elsewhere in South Down, such as areas around Kilkeel, Castlewellan and Newry, it gives children a fantastic start in life. International research shows that bilingual education brings greater academic success. It makes it easier to learn additional languages, such as French, Spanish. This in turn offers a greater insight into people from other backgrounds, so promotes a greater appreciation of different cultures. In very practical terms, the ability to work in more than one language is a skill valued by employers, so it obviously boosts employment prospects.

Irish-medium Primary Education for Greater Lecale area

  Chris Hazzard MLA South Down has welcomed a statement from Schools Development Officer, Tomás Ó Néill, with Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, that a feasibility study into the provision of Irish-medium provision within the Lecale area is being carried out. “Only last week I met parents in the area, who raised bilingual education as a priority, so […]

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