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Coláiste Lú parents and pupils to stage public protest this morning

Coláiste Lú parents and pupils to stage public protest this morning

The parents and pupils of local Gaelcholáiste, Coláiste Lú, are set to stage a public protest today against what they say is a lack of Irish being taught at the school.

A statement from the school’s parents’ council said the decision to protest was made “resulting from the actions of the Principal, Tomas Sharkey, and the LMETB, reneging on commitments and guarantees given regarding the provision of Irish medium education in Co Louth.”

The protest will involve the walkout of all pupils of Coláiste Lú at 8.45am this morning and a march from the school to picket the offices of LMETB in Chapel Street., Dundalk, by the pupils and their parents.

The parents’ council said: “The parents have taken this decision reluctantly after many months and much soul searching. However, resulting from the actions, (and related lack of action) by Principal Sharkey and LMETB Director of Schools, they feel that they have no choice but to publicly protest at the wilful degradation and elimination of Irish medium education in the school.

“The parents have also advised LMETB that they no longer have confidence that Principal Sharkey is willing or able to provide and manage Irish medium education to a standard that our children deserve.”

The parents say they are committed to protesting until the patron, LMETB, publicly commit to:

  • Confirmation of commitment to full immersion Irish language education to pupils, teachers and parents
  • Immediate implementation of all issues set out in document – Coláiste Lú, Aonad to Gael Choláiste and largely agreed with LMETB
  • Provision of resources (whatever it takes), both fiscal and human, to restore capacity of Irish language medium teaching lost over summer as soon as possible – (days and weeks, not months)
  • Confirmation of immediate appointment of dedicated stiúrthóir (with no Coláiste ChúCulainn responsibilities)
  • Detailed timetable, agreed with parents, as to when this will happen
  • Weekly progress updates

Coláiste Lú is an aonad in Dundalk which was set up to provide deep immersion Irish medium education within an LMETB school, (Coláiste ChúChulainn). It is the only Irish medium school in Louth and a key part of the Irish language infrastructure in the North East