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Irish-medium body welcomes new schools

The body responsible for promoting Irish-medium schools in Northern Ireland has welcomed an announcement that four new schools are to open.

Education Minister Caitriona Ruane (above) conditionally approved the new schools last week — despite new figures showing a third of places in the sector lay vacant in the last academic year.

A total of 827 places were not taken in Irish-medium primaries during the 2009/10 school year — 29% of the 2,892 primary places available in the sector. Seán Ó Coinn, chief executive officer of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG), said that there were no vacant places in any of the four new schools.

The new schools are Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí, Magherafelt; Gaelscoil na mBeann, Kilkeel; Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh, Limavady, and Gaelscoil Choin Rí Uladh, Ballymena.

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