Gaelcholaiste Chineal Eoghain in Buncrana to remain open

The Irish language secondary school in Buncrana has been given a reprieve with the Department of Education granting an extension of its opening.

Gaelcholaiste Chineal Eoghain was facing imminent closure because not enough new students have been enrolling. A plan will now be put in place to try and boost enrollment.

In the long term, the Donegal VEC hope that Gaelcholáiste Chineál Eoghain, Crana College and Gaelscoil Bhun Crannacha will be situated together on one new campus.

However for the 2013/2014 School Year term, Senator Jimmy Harte says the school future is secure:

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Inishowen Sinn Féin representatives, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Jack Murray, Ciaran McLaughlin & Mary Kelly have welcomed confirmation from VEC CEO Shaun Purcell that Colaiste Chineal Eoghain has received an extension to 2013/2014.

In a joint statement, the Sinn Féin team said;

“This is fantastic news for all those involved in the campaign for Colaiste Chineal Eoghain.

“We congratulate Shaun Purcell, the parents’ committee, the teachers and all those who put in a huge effort to ensure a future for Irish language education in Inishowen.

“All those involved now need to continue efforts to ensure that this becomes a permanent solution.

“Sinn Féin representatives will continue to do everything we can, in every forum, protect and grow Colaiste Chineal Eoghain.”