The Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG), the council for Irish-medium education, are pleased to report that they predict that the number of Irish medium school pupils will almost double by 2021 from the year 2006. During 2006/07, there were 3,660 children, this has increased to 5,873 last year and is expected to reach 7,220 by 2021.
Research by Comhairle na Gaelscolaíocht shows that numbers are rising in every county and the largest growth has been in Tyrone and Derry.
There are plans to allow a popular bunscoil in Derry to grow in size while others proposals include one for a post-primary school in north Belfast. In addition, new pre-schools in Armagh, Swatragh and Toomebridge opened this year.
Comhairle na Gaelscolaíocht said it viewed the establishment of the nursery schools as “irrefutable proof that the appetite for the provision of Irish-medium education continues unabated”.