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Research on deaf or hard of hearing gaelscoil students

Plain Language Statement

Principal/Board of Management


What this research study is about:

The School of Inclusive & Special Education in Dublin City University is undertaking a study entitled “‘Bodhar sa Ghaelscoil’: the language backgrounds, experiences and practices of Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) children enrolled in Gaelscoileanna in the Republic of Ireland”. The principal investigator is Dr Elizabeth Mathews (elizabeth.mathews@dcu.ie or 01-8842247). This research is part-funded by the St. Patrick’s College Research Committee under Dublin City University. The purpose of the study is to better understand why DHH children are increasingly being enrolled in Gaelscoileanna and what their language experiences are both at home and in school.  This research is being carried out because the enrolment of DHH children in Gaelscoileanna is a recent phenomenon, and we know very little about it.

What am I asking you to do?

For the purposes of this research study, I am asking for your permission to interview your resource teacher (or the child’s class teacher if there is no resource teacher) about their experience of working with the study child who is DHH and in your Gaelscoil. I estimate that the interview will take about one hour. I would like to audio record this interview so that I can transcribe it. I would also like to ask for your permission to examine some documents relating to the study child that you have (for example a recent audiogram, speech and language therapy reports, existing test results) so that I can find out a little more about children’s language background.  Parents will also be interviewed and the child will complete a questionnaire with the help of their parent.  Parents will also be asked to give consent for all aspects of this study.


What are the potential risks or benefits?

There is a very small risk that the teacher involved might find it upsetting to recount any professional difficulties they are having in the area of including this pupil in your Gaelscoil.  If this happens, I will follow up with that teacher by phone call the day after the interview. If, following that, they are still upset, I will provide you with information on how they can contact the Special Education Support Service for support in this area. However, it is anticipated that this research may be beneficial since it may bring awareness to the issue.  The results of the research will be presented at a public lecture in Dublin, and a summary will be made available online on the DCU website. Academic publications and conference presentations will also be used to broadcast the results.


How will the data be stored?

All information collected from you for this study will be anonymised and securely stored in password-protected documents and hard copy data will be stored in a locked filing cabinet.  Hard copy data will be shredded and your contact details will be deleted and expunged after two years.  Research data will be anonymized and stored electronically in password-protected files for later research.  Please note that confidentiality of data is subject to legal limitations. Also, given the small number of DHH students enrolled in Gaelscoileanna nationwide, there is the possibility that your school may be identifiable to those familiar with it who read this study. Participation in this study is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the research study at any point before the completion of the study.

If you have any questions about this study, you are welcome to contact the principal

investigator by email at elizabeth.mathews@dcu.ie.

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Call for action to ease crisis in teacher shortage

An Foras Pátrúnachta call for action to ease crisis in teacher shortage

“This is a crisis that needs to be addressed urgently.”

The largest patron body of Gaelscoileanna in Ireland, AN FORAS PÁTRÚNACHTA, calls for action to ease problems caused by teacher shortage

14th November 2017
The largest patron body of Gaelscoileanna in Ireland, An Foras Pátrúnachta, says there is a need for urgent action to help schools deal with problems arising from the shortage of teachers available for substitution or permanent positions.
Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, says “this is definitely causing a lot of stress amongst our member Principals, and ultimately the school children are losing out. It is a crisis that needs to be addressed urgently and we are exploring ways of doing that.”
The shortages appear to be linked to the volume of young teachers who are taking career breaks or emigrating to work in the Middle East, where salaries can range from €2,000 – €5,500 per month tax-free.
Mr. Ó hEaghra welcomed the Minister for Education’s efforts to ease some of this pressure on recruitment by relaxing work restrictions for retiring teachers along with increasing employment limits for teachers on career breaks. However, he called on the Government to address pay inequality and to recognise the valuable work of Irish teachers, here at home.
One school under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Gaelscoil Éadan Doire, in County Offaly, has been greatly affected this year by the shortage of teachers.

“It’s been a nightmare”

Póla Ní Chinnsealaigh, Principal Gaelscoil Éadan Doire
It’s Principal, Póla Ní Chinnsealaigh, has described the situation as “a nightmare”.
“I feel exhausted, but mainly I feel sorry for the children who’ve had to deal with a variety of different substitute teachers and particularly the children with special education needs as more often than not it’s the special education needs teacher that is required to fill the gap and then their pupils are left without their teacher”, she added.
Principal Ní Chinnsealaigh says it has been difficult to hire substitute teachers for some time now, but notes the problem has been more acute this year. They have also found it extremely difficult to fill permanent teaching positions with the numbers of job applicants decreasing significantly year on year. In Gaelscoil Éadan Doire, there were 2 permanent positions available since September, with no one applying for one position over the first month. “It’s taken us two and a half months to fill the positions, and we are delighted that we have finally filled them but in that time we’ve been under awful pressure”, Principal Ní Chinnsealaigh admits, “ I’ve had to step into the breach at times, and as a Teaching Principal with my own full-time teaching responsibilities that has been very difficult”. She said that the Text-a-Sub system, which used to be reliable, was not this year.
Póla Ní Chinnsealaigh appeals to the authorities to do something about the situation. “I don’t blame the teachers for taking off and going to Abu Dhabi or Dubai where they can earn more money, but we need to start bringing some of them back! We need to do something as it has never been this bad,” she says.

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Seoladh an Aonaid um Sheirbhísí Tacaíochta Airgeadais (FSSU) ag leibhéal bunscoileanna ó Mheán Fómhair 2017

Tagraíodh do leathnú an FSSU go leibhéal bunscoileanna sa Lámhleabhar Rialachais le haghaidh Bunscoileanna 2015-2019 agus tá sé i bPlean Gníomhaíochta na Roinne Oideachais agus Scileanna le haghaidh 2017.

5 phríomhphointe le cur san áireamh:
1. Foilseoidh an Roinn Ciorclán i Méan Fómhair 2017 a léireoidh na socruithe le haghaidh sheoladh agus fheidhmiú na seirbhíse FSSU.

2. Foinse thábhachtach comhairle agus tacaíochta le haghaidh bunscoileanna a bheidh san FSSU ar ghnéithe de rialú airgeadais – a chuirfear ar fáil go príomha trí thacaíocht ar líne agus ar an nguthán. Maidir leis seo meastar ó Mheán Fómhair 2017 ar aghaidh go bhforbróidh an FSSU teimpléid a mbainfidh scoileanna úsáid astu go hinmheánach chun monatóireacht a dhéanamh ar ioncam míosúil, ar chaiteachas, ar bhainistíocht buiséid agus ar shreabhadh airgeadais, srl. Beidh rogha ag scoileanna úsáid a bhaint as teimpléid inmheánacha an FSSU agus, más mian leo, is féidir leo leanúint ar aghaidh ag baint úsáid as IPPN Airgead Bunscoile/Teimpléad Airgeadais, Teimpléid Chuntasaíochta CPSMA, srl, go hinmheánach.

3. Beidh an FSSU dírithe freisin ar theimpléad náisiúnta caighdeánaithe le haghaidh cuntais scoile a thabhairt isteach de réir a chéile le haghaidh cuntais bhunscoileanna. Is éard a bheidh sa teimpléad náisiúnta ná an dóigh chaighdeánaithe a n-ullmhóidh cuntasóirí/iniúchóirí cuntais de réir riachtanais Alt 18 den Acht Oideachais 1998. Meastar gurb é seo a leanas an líne ama a bhainfidh leis seo:

• Scoilbhliain 2017/18: Díreoidh FSSU ar chomhairle agus ar thacaíocht a sholáthar mar chuid d’ullmhúcháin chun teimpléad náisiúnta caighdeánaithe a thabhairt isteach ar bhonn céimnithe le haghaidh cuntais scoileanna.
• Scoilbhliain 2018/19: Is í seo an chéad bhliain a ullmhófar cuntais scoileannna de réir an teimpléid náisiúnta chaighdeánaithe. Is é seo an leagan amach riachtanach le gur féidir le scoileanna oibleagáidí de réir Alt 18 den Acht Oideachais 1998 a chomhlíonadh.
• Deireadh Fheabhra 2020 (6 mhí i ndiaidh dheireadh na scoilbhliana 2018/19): Is é seo an dáta deiridh chun cuntais scoile don scoilbhliain 2018/19 a chur isteach chuig an FSSU.

4. Beidh an teimpléad náisiúnta caighdeánaithe le haghaidh cuntais scoile ag teacht le teimpléid inmheánacha FSSU a bhfuil tagairt déanta dóibh ag 2 thuas. Dá bhrí sin, is féidir go mbeidh táillí níos ísle cuntasaíochta ann chun cuntais scoile a dheimhniú nó a iniúchadh mar thoradh ar theimpléid inmheánacha FSSU a úsáid (de réir riachtanais Chuid 18 den Acht Oideachais 1998) toisc go mbeidh an t-eolas a chuirfear faoi bhráid Cuntasóra i bhformáid a éascóidh gur fusa sonraí ábhartha na gcuntas scoile a aimsiú.

5. Ba chóir an t-uasdátú seo a thabhairt faoi bhráid Phríomhoidí Scoileanna agus na mBord Bainistíochta.

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16/09/16 Response to Action Plan for Education

The press release from An Foras Pátrúnachta in relation to the Action Plan for Education is available here.



Thursday, 15th September 2016


An Foras Pátrúnachta welcomes measures to increase educational choice and tackle disadvantage


The largest patron of Irish medium schools in Ireland, An Foras Pátrúnachta has today welcomed commitments by the Government to increase the number of multi-denominational schools to 400 by 2030 and the targets set out to tackle educational disadvantage. The three year Action Plan for Education published today by Minister Bruton also includes welcome commitments on promoting wellbeing in schools, improving teacher education and a commitment to strengthening Irish language learning in Gaeltacht areas.


However, the Irish medium schools’ patron has highlighted concerns about the lack of focus

on the provision of increased Irish medium education.


Commenting today, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, said: ‘‘This action plan is a welcome strategic approach to education in Ireland and we look forward to working with the Minister on its implementation. The Action Plan outlines that the Government’s 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 will underpin and be integrated into this plan, however, An Foras Pátrúnachta is deeply concerned at the lack of emphasis in the plan in relation to Irish medium education provision.


“As the largest patron of Irish medium schools in Ireland, An Foras Pátrúnachta schools are now educating 15,000 students per annum and our schools are open to all children. Our aim is to provide an excellent education through the Irish language to every child in Ireland who wants it, regardless of faith or geographical location.”


‘‘Every parent should have the choice to send their child to an Irish medium education school if they wish. Demand and support from the public for the expansion of Irish medium education is increasing. We know from ESRI 2015 research that 23% of parents asked would send their children to an Irish-medium primary school if one was available close to their home, an increase of 10% since 2001.


“We also know that immersive education is excellent education. The benefits of this type of education through the medium of Irish are well documented – students perform better academically, find it easier to learn a third and fourth language and also recent research indicates that students learning through Irish are achieving higher scores in English and Maths.


‘‘We are eager to work with the Minister and with other education stakeholders to ensure that this Action plan is implemented and monitored. We look forward to continue to work with the Government to make sure that Irish medium education is a priority and that the Strategy for the Irish Language is implemented.”




Contact: Sarah Harte / Laura Harmon DHR Communications, Tel: 087-9858259 / 086-1738455 / 01-4200580



About An Foras Pátrúnachta:  An Foras Pátrúnachta is a national patron for both primary and second level schools with a range of spiritual ethos i.e. Multi-denominational, Inter-denominational or Catholic. They seek to develop, strengthen and promote education through the medium of Irish throughout the country. www.foras.ie 

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11/05/16 Supplementary panel 16/17

As this page is directed at our schools, it is only available through the medium of Irish. Please change your language selection.

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30/09/15 – Roald Dahl Day in Gorey

The event was organised by Cumann na dTuismitheoirí to promote reading and to raise funds for the school.
Many varied activities were organised in the school. 
– Lá Feistis Bréige Dahl-icious: all children were invited to dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl character
– Crannchur Willy Wonka: we raffled a big Roald Dahl hamper
– Díolachán Císte le théama Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
– Pictiúrlann Roald Dahl: we played Roald Dahl movie adaptations on the clár bán throughout the Díolachán Císte
– Ticéad Órga: the muinteoirí pulled one name out of a hat in their class to win a Golden Ticket.  Golden ticket holders were VIP guests at the Díolachán Císte and enjoyed some free cakes
– Bookmark Reviews: the children (and some parents) wrote mini-book reviews about their favourite Roald Dahl books.
The children and teachers had a great day.  There was a fantastic atmosphere and it was great to have all the children talking about Roald Dahl books and reading.

Lá Roald Dahl photos

Lá Roald Dahl Dress up photos

04/02/15 Conference Press Release

‘An Foras Pátrúnachta’s annual conference will occur this year on the 28th February 2015 in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. ‘Irish Medium Education for All’ is the theme of the conference.

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18/12/14 Gaelscoil Moshíológ pupils appear on TG4’s ‘Bia Linn’

Bia Linn Nollaig 2014 CROPPED


Two pupils second class pupils from Gaelscoil Moshíológ, Pollyanna Clavin and Aidan Jones, appeared on the television programme ‘Bia Linn’ on TG4 last week. They appeared in a second programme this morning, cooking in the kitchen with Muireann

Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa awarded a Yellow Flag

Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa - brat buí 3 edited cáca

Congratulations to Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa in Co. Meath who were awarded a Yellow Flag recently.
The initiative, which is aimed at primary and secondary school pupils, promotes interculturalism.