Dungiven Irish-medium college gets approval from minister
Northern Ireland's education minister has approved a development proposal to allow an Irish-medium post-primary college in County Londonderry.
The college will be based at Owenbeg in Dungiven. There are 29 Irish-medium schools in Northern Ireland but only one of them is post-primary.
Minister John O'Dowd said he made his decision after careful consideration.
He said his department "has a statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the provision of Irish-medium education".
"I recognise there is a demand for post-primary education through the medium of Irish", he said.
"I believe that Coláiste Dhoire is capable of delivering a high quality education for the benefit all young people in Dungiven and the surrounding areas.
"I wish everyone involved with the project well for the future."