Despite the delay in publication, Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG), the sectoral body for the development of Irish-medium education, welcomes the publication yesterday, on the Department of Education’s website, of a research report on Educational Outcomes of Pre-school Irish-medium Education. RSM McClure Waters completed the research in 2016, in conjunction with Dr Eibhlín Mhic Aoidh, St. Mary’s University College, Belfast; Dr Laoise Ní Thuairisg, University of Ireland, Galway and Aileen Nic Íomhair, St John the Baptist School, Portadown.
Mr Liam Ó Flannagáin, CEO of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta stated that he was looking forward to meeting with the Early Years team in the Department of Education as soon as possible, to examine the implications of the report and to ensure the implementation of all recommendations;
‘It is widely recognised that early years education is the foundation stone of Irish-medium education and therefore, CnaG welcomes this research report and the recommendations included in it. We now must ensure that the relevant authorities implement all recommendations in their entirety.’
‘As the report itself concludes, children in Irish-medium pre-schools have particular needs above those of their English-medium peers and subsequently Irish-medium early years practitioners require extra support, training and resources.
‘Irish-medium education is the fastest-growing education sector currently and it is therefore essential to have the best available support services and resources for the entire sector, including early years.’
The report is available via the Department of Education’s website;