03/11/16 Foras to be partner of new secondary school in Portlaoise

An Foras Pátrúnachta / News from Schools / 03/11/16 Foras to be partner of new secondary school in Portlaoise

PRESS RELEASE

 

Thursday, 3rd November 2016

 

New multi-denominational school announced for Portlaoise

 

An Foras Pátrúnachta, the largest patron for Irish-medium schools in Ireland, has been selected as a trustee partner of a new secondary school in Portlaoise along with Laois Offaly Education and Training Board. The joint application was approved and announced today (03.11.16) by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD.

 

The co-educational and multi-denominational school will open in 2017 and aims to grow enrolment to cater for up to 1,000 pupils in the area. The new school will also include an Irish-medium unit. For the first time, it is planned to grow an Irish-medium unit into an independent Gaelcholáiste under the co-patronage of the two organisations.

 

Speaking today, Caoimhín O’hEaghra, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta said: "We are delighted to have been approved as a trustee partner for this new secondary school in Portlaoise. We look forward to working with Laois Offaly Education and Training Board who have a long history of excellent education provision in this region.

 

‘‘Choice is very important to An Foras Pátrúnachta and we are delighted that parents’ preferences were considered as part of this patronage selection process. The new school in Portlaoise will provide diversity in being both co-educational and multi-denominational.

 

‘‘Our aim is provide Irish-medium education to every child who wants it. The Irish-medium unit will ensure that there is more diversity of language provision and we will use our expertise to grow the Irish-medium unit in the new secondary school into an independent Gaelcholáiste under the co-patronage of the two organisations.’’

 

ENDS

 

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

 

  • Interviews with An Foras Pátrúnachta General Secretary, Caoimhín O’hEaghra available on request.

 

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