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An Foras Pátrúnachta is the largest patron of Irish-medium schools in Ireland at both primary and secondary level. There are over 70 schools under our patronage. An Foras Pátrúnachta is a patron of Irish-medium schools that have a choice of a Catholic, Multi-denominational and Interdenominational (Catholic / Protestant) ethos. We are also a recognised management body in education. We aim to grow the number of Irish-medium schools so that any parent who would choose Irish-medium education can access it.

An Foras Pátrúnachta was founded in 1993 so that new Gaelscoileanna opening in the coming years would have another choice with regard to patronage. The vision of An Foras Pátrúnachta is to develop, strengthen and promote education through the medium of Irish throughout the country.

An Foras Pátrúnachta is recognized by the Department of Education and Science as a patronage system which is acceptable and appropriate for first and second level schools.

The key responsibilities of the patron are as follows:

  • School ethos
  • Appointment and support of the board of management
  • Financial, legal matters, insurance and health and safety regulations
  • Work as party to issues of accommodation, sites, property and leases of schools under its patronage
  • The appointment of staff in accordance with DES regulations

As a patron, manager and educational organization, the mission of An Foras focuses on the development of the provision of Irish Medium Education with a choice of religious ethos.

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