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O'Dowd's Irish schools agenda causes concern

IT was with alarm that I read a recent article in your paper entitled, 'Benefit of Irish-medium education is there for all', by Dr Micheal O Duibh.

In it, Dr O Duibh claims that "Irish-medium education offers a system which improves children's skills in English and Irish, making them more tolerant."

I challenge the implication that children who do not learn Irish are somehow less tolerant.

However, more worryingly, his article demonstrates one of the threats to our education system: minister O'Dowd's preference for Irish-medium schools.

These schools receive more funding than other schools by virtue of teaching through Irish.

Elsewhere in our education system, Minister O'Dowd uses the argument that a school is too small to be viable. Not so with Irish-medium schools.

O'Dowd's long-term plans for education across Northern Ireland must be exposed.

This is to prevent the Northern Irish people sleep-walking into the Sinn Fein utopia of Irish-medium, all-ability comprehensives.

NICOLE LAPPIN

Waringstown, Co Down

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