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Irish Medium report three-year delay unacceptable - Duffy

Published: 25 January, 2019

Sinn Féin Deputy Mayor Paul Duffy has backed calls for the Department of Education to explain why it took three years to publish a report containing recommendations designed to improve the educational outcomes for children in Irish medium pre-school education.

Cllr Duffy said:

"While the publishing of the Research on the Educational Outcomes of Pre-School Irish Medium Education is to be welcomed it is quite astonishing that a report designed to benefit young children learning through the medium of Irish has taken three years to publish.

"There are thriving Irish Medium nursery units throughout the Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon area and this report would have been of huge benefit to those schools, children and parents.

"The recommendations contained within the 'Research on the Educational Outcomes of Pre-School Irish Medium Education' are now three years-old. This raises the question - is the report and its recommendations out of date and obsolete?

"I back the calls that have already been made on the Department to review urgently the findings of the report and implement any and all recommendations that remain valid."