Education Minister launches £2million accommodation fund Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has announced a £2million accommodation fund for the Irish-Medium sector.
The £2million funding will be delivered through Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta (InaG), the Trust Fund for Irish-Medium Education.
Speaking at the launch at An Cultúrlann, Belfast, the Minister said:
“I have today announced a grant of £2million to InaG to address the very serious accommodation deficiencies and needs in the Irish-medium sector and help the sector thrive.
“Since becoming Minister, it has been a priority of mine to ensure that accommodation needs are addressed across the north and children can be taught in an environment where they can flourish and grow.
“To achieve that it is vital that our facilities and our standards are of the highest order. This significant funding will mean that our children will soon have the accommodation they deserve. Four schools from within the Irish-Medium sector have been prioritised for either an upgrade to existing accommodation or new modular builds over the next 18 months.”
After consultation, the following schools have been prioritised in the plans for the coming 18 months:
- Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche, Castlewellen
- Gaelscoil Eanna, Newtownabbey
- Gaelscoil Ghleann Darach, Crumlin
- Scoil an Droichid, Belfast
The Department’s new steel framed modular buildings have replaced the familiar box-shaped timber and plywood mobile classrooms. The Minister continued:
“The modular builds are flexible and transportable and could be used by other schools in the future. This approach ensures the schools’ estate can be responsive to the needs of the area and children will have access to modern and fit-for-purpose buildings.”