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Adams meets with Department of Education over Coláiste Lú dispute

Adams meets with Department of Education over Coláiste Lú dispute
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Local TD Gerry Adams has described a meeting with Department of Education officials on the future of Coláiste Lú yesterday as “useful”.

Parents and students of the school have been protesting for the last four weeks over what they described as the de-Gaeling of the school, which is based at the new Coláiste Chú Chulainn campus at the Marshes Shopping Centre.

Sinn Féin TD Adams has stepped into the debate in an attempt to reach a satisfactory conclusion for all parties.

Reacting to yesterday’s meeting, he said: “I initiated the meeting as part of an ongoing effort to resolve the current difficulties at Coláiste Lú and to begin planning for the future development of Irish medium education in Louth.

“This requires an ongoing process of engagement.

“A successful outcome is predicated on everyone working together. In Louth children deserve to be educated through Irish if that is their parent’s choice. The state and the Department of Education have a duty to provide this.

“The Teacher Allocation Unit and Financial Administration and Personnel Unit of the Department of Education have made some useful suggestions to deal with some of the current challenges and I welcome that. However there are other unresolved issues which need to be focused on.

“I want to work with the parents of pupils at Coláiste Lú , the School Principal and Patron and the Department of Education, to resolve current difficulties and to ensure that children in Louth continue to have the option to receive their secondary education in Gaeilge”.