Interesting piece on Gaelport, which reports on how Irish medium schools in the Republic are attracting the upwardly mobile middle classes, even to the point of being charged with being ‘elitist’. In some cases, local mainstream schools are struggling to keep viable.
However, a spirit of inclusivity is no guarantee of diversity. Clued-in, academically motivated parents are signing their children up to gaelscoileanna when they are born; those with less savvy have a slim chance of getting in the door when the waiting lists are full years in advance. According to Blaithnead Ní Ghréacháin, this is a symptom of under-resourcing in the sector, especially at post-primary level, where there is massive demand but limited availability.
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