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High Court quashes former Education Minister’s decision

On 13th October the High Court ruled that a decision to turn down an Irish language primary school’s bid to relocate must be quashed.


The verdict came in a judicial review by the mother of two pupils after the former Education Minister, Peter Weir, refused Gaelscoil an Lonnáin’s proposal to relocate from its 115-year-old building in west Belfast.  Mr Weir refused the proposal on the grounds of the school’s sustainability. 


The judge ruled that there were flaws in how the proposal was handled by the former Education Minister.  She described the approach taken as being ‘too rigid’.  She held that a legal duty to facilitate Irish medium education, enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement, was not fully addressed.  The judge ordered for the decision to be reconsidered. 


The solicitor for the mother who took the case, Joanne McGurk from Michael Flanigan Solicitors, stated:


‘It’s a positive step for Irish medium education.’


An article from the Belfast Telegraph can be read here.

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