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Irish language schools rigorously inspected

Ruth Dudley Edwards never fails to disappoint with her myopic and partisan view of Ireland, and, in this case, the Irish language.

In her latest column (Comment, May 15), she makes the ill-founded claim that pupils attending Gaelscoileanna (note the correct spelling, Ruth) are brainwashed, and called for the rigorous inspection of these schools.

She writes: "As a taxpayer, I'd like reassurance they're being properly inspected to ensure they're not political recruiting grounds."

Well, if Ruth cares enough to check with education authorities, she will find these schools are, indeed, inspected regularly and properly and invariably emerge with excellent results.

As my own children attended Bunscoil Phobal Feirste and Colaiste Feirste, I would have no hesitation except to recommend them for parents who want their children to grow up with a love of An Ghaeilge, a well-rounded education and an inquiring and independent mind.

Shudder the thought they would have a tunnel-vision view of the world like that demonstrated by Ruth.

CONCUBHAR O LIATHAIN

Belfast

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