Dungiven Irish-medium college gets approval from minister

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Image caption The number of pupils being taught through Irish has almost doubled in the last 10 years to just under 5,000

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."

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