Funding Withdrawn From Nurture Units At Two Irish Language Schools

Funding for nurture units at two Irish language schools has been withdrawn.

Education Minister Peter Weir made the decision to withdraw the funding from Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin and Bunscoil an Droichid.

Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff raised concerns following the announcement and said it has caused "considerable anger and disappointment" at both schools.
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He said: "These schools had been told the funding was in place and had made plans on that basis.

"Studies have shown that nurture units make a huge difference to the educational outcomes of children and should be encouraged."


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