If the government and the local parents have invested in Irish-language schools at primary level then a secondary school would be a sound investment.
So said Cllr Jerry Lodge last week, supporting a motion from Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley for the Minister for Education to facilitate a Gael Cholaiste in Portlaoise.
Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said there were three gaelscoils in the county with a total of 33 pupils, Trumera with three pupils, Ballaghmore with six, and Portlaoise with 24 pupils. She said there was a small committee involved in lobbying for support for such a secondary school.
Cllr Noel Tuohy added his support, saying that the Gaelscoil in Portlaoise has grown and grown.