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Minister gives go-ahead for Irish-speaking school in Cookstown

The Education Minister has given the green light for a new primary school in Cookstown.

John O’Dowd has approved a development proposal for a new free-standing Irish-medium school, Gaelscoil Eoghain.

It comes six months after the Southern Eastern Education and Library Board (SELB) published the plans for the new grant-aided school.

Mr O’Dowd said: “The Department has a statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the development of Irish-medium education and I examine each proposal on a fair and consistent basis.

“There is evidence of a demand from parents to have their children educated through the medium of Irish, with a successful naíscoil already operating in the area.

“I have therefore decided to award conditional approval of grant-aided status to the school and wish the school every success in the future in delivering a quality education for its pupils through the medium of Irish.”

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