New Laois bilingual secondary school will provide diversity in Portlaoise said Irish language patron

An Foras Pátrúnachta is delighted that parents have chosen the bilingual option

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New Laois bilingual secondary school  will provide diversity in Portlaoise said Irish language patron

The Irish language group that will co-patron Portlaoise's new secondary school say the new school in Portlaoise will provide diversity in being both co-educational and multi-denominational.

An Foras Pátrúnachta and the Laois Offaly Education and Training Board  were approved as a trustee partners of a new school by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD.

Caoimhín O’hEaghra is General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta.

"We are delighted to have been approved as a trustee partner for this new secondary school in Portlaoise. We look forward to working with Laois Offaly Education and Training Board who have a long history of excellent education provision in this region.

‘‘Choice is very important to An Foras Pátrúnachta and we are delighted that parents’ preferences were considered as part of this patronage selection process. The new school in Portlaoise will provide diversity in being both co-educational and multi-denominational.

 ‘‘Our aim is provide Irish-medium education to every child who wants it. The Irish-medium unit will ensure that there is more diversity of language provision and we will use our expertise to grow the Irish-medium unit in the new secondary school into an independent Gaelcholáiste under the co-patronage of the two organisations," he said.

The other applicant for patronage was the Catholic Schools body CEIST.