04/02/15 Conference Press Release

An Foras Pátrúnachta / Uncategorized / 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.

Many topics will be covered, including data protection, school ethos’ and finances. Speaking on the day will be a representative from the solicitors firm Millett & Matthews, Louise McNamara of JMB and special guest Rónán Ó Domhnaill, An Coimisinéir Teanga.


The Coimisinéir will discuss the central role that schools play in protecting language rights. “This conference gives me an opportunity to speak to educators about my role and the protection given to language rights in legislation, especially the Education Act 1998. It is important that boards of management and teachers understand language rights and the implications of those rights for their work.” Said the Coimisinéir.


There will be numerous stands there on the day, and we will also be announcing the winners of our Art Competition.


Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, Ard-Rúnaí of An Foras Pátrúnachta stated that: “The schools under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta are working extremely hard to provide the highest standard of education for their students. In the background In every school the Board of Management ensures that the school functions as well as they can. Through our conference we provide information and training for the Boards in order that they can support their schools. This year we have speakers on Data protection, Financial Management and School Procurement and much more. We are delighted that the Coimisinéir Teanga, Rónán Ó Domhnaill, is coming to talk to our members about their Irish Language rights and in particular how this relates to Irish Medium schools”.


The cost of a conference ticket is €35 which includes refreshments and a buffet lunch. The Annual General Meeting of An Foras Pátrúnachta will be held on the 27th February in the Red Cow Moran Hotel at 7.00in.


Editors Notes:


AN FORAS PÁTRÚNACHTA is the largest patron of Irish Medium schools, both at primary and second level, in Ireland. We have 62 primary and 5 secondary schools under our patronage. AN FORAS PÁTRÚNACHTA is patron to Irish Medium Schools which have a catholic, Multi-Denominational or Interdenominational (Catholic and Protestant) ethos. The vision AN FORAS PÁTRÚNACHTA has is to nurture, develop and spread Irish Medium Education throughout the country. AN FORAS PÁTRÚNACHTA is recognised by the Department of Education and Skills as an appropriate patronage system at primary and secondary levels. AN FORAS PÁTRÚNACHTA was founded in 1993 to provide schools with another patronage option.


Further Information:

Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, An Foras Pátrúnachta :: caoimhin@foras.ie :: 01-6294110 :: www.foras.ie