My Ten Responses on concerns raised by the Board of Management of Gaelscoil An Ghoirt Álainn

My Ten Responses on concerns raised by the Board of Management of Gaelscoil An Ghoirt Álainn. The following is a ten point response to issues raised in a letter to the Irish Times editor by the Board of Management of Gaelscoil An Ghoirt Álainn and other correspondence received by parents of children attending the Gaelscoil. These include: (links embedded on each point)

 

1. Queries relating to perceived imbalance and perceived inaccuracy of opinion piece

 

2. Comments on the conditions of Gaelscoil An Ghoirt Álainn

 

3. Mayfield Community School

 

4. Location of Tank Field

 

5. The Tank Field as the only flat green public space in North East Cork City

 

6. Consultation with residents

 

7. Gaelscoil Uí Dhrisceoil

 

8. Issues relating to segregation and socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds

 

9. The right to a multi-denominational education and education through Irish

 

10. Local political support for Gaelscoil An Ghoirt Álainn on the Tank Field site

 

I have taken direct quotes from the letters and then responded accordingly. The word and space limit of my Irish Times column does not allow for a detailed examination, referenced with the original documentation, of the complex and lengthy issues involving Gaelscoil An Ghoirt Álainn, Department of Education and Science, An Bord Pleanála, Cork City Council and Brian Dillon’s GAA club.

 

I am very confident that my response will comprehensively address all of the issues raised in the correspondence.

 

In fact, these detailed responses raise serious questions regarding public policy priorities and decision making process in education, planning and local government. Matters relating to Gaelscoil An Ghoirt Álainn have wider national implications.

 

This was the motivation in examining the Tank Field /Gaelscoil issue.

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