Irish is the indigenous language of the island nation of Ireland. Irish is the national and first official language of the nation state of Ireland. Irish is the chosen language of education for teachers, parents and children attending a primary school in Ireland. Yet the families and staff at Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna had to wait twenty-two years for permission and funding by the government to build a school out of actual bricks and mortar instead of prefabricated wooden huts.
“FOR YEARS, GENERATIONS of primary school kids at Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna in Ballymun have been waiting for a new building.
…the gaelscoil started out with two prefabs in 1994 that were supposed to be temporary. It now has six prefab buildings that house around 180 pupils.
There’s no hall for school plays or gym lessons and just a small playground for pupils.
…building will get underway this summer, it was announced yesterday.
“We’ve been waiting for this for years,” said local councillor Noeleen Reilly, who campaigned on the issue and who says teachers have been working in “substandard conditions for decades”.
Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna is highly regarded in the community, with parents reporting high level of engagement with teachers and staff.
“It’s a fantastic school and the teachers are brilliant,” said parent Sharon Keating, who has two children currently enrolled in the school. “But the prefabs are awful. There’s no hot water for the kids to wash their hands in and they often feel the cold in winter.”
Lorraine Pollard’s three children went to Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna and her two grandchildren now attend.
“We were waiting so long I thought I’d be sending my great-grandchildren to those prefabs,” she said.”
Like the alleged “€1 billion euros a year” spent on our native language by the Irish state, a mythical figure conjured up out of thin air by an anti-Irish diatribist in 2011, the supposed “elitist” nature of Irish-medium education is proven once again to be a despicable lie. Like the racists who hide their hate behind the “White Lives Matter” campaign in the United States, playing the victim to negate the experiences of the truly victimised, Black Americans, so some English language advocates in Ireland attempt to claim the mantle of victimhood here. Victimised by the very existence of Irish-speaking men, women and children; an existence they would be only too happy to see brought to an end.