“At a time when in the controlled sector Ballee Primary School in Ballymena is facing closure, it is astounding to discover that the NEELB, which wielded the axe so mercilessly against Ballee, is considering an application for a grant-aided Irish-medium primary school in Ballymena. The proposal before the Board is to have the Irish language school opening in September 2010, just after Ballee closes.
“The promotion by the Sinn Fein Minister of Irish schools and the preferential funding directing towards them, at a time when schools like Ballee are being targeted for closure, displays political bias, which those who boasted that in Stormont they could veto the republican agenda are powerless to stop. Shutting a state controlled school in Ballymena but funding an unwarranted Irish school in the town is Ruane’s destructive agenda in action.
“For what it’s worth I have written to the Department of Education vigorously objecting to both the Ballee closure and this proposal for a state funded Irish language school in Ballymena. I will not remain silent and watch state schools be destroyed but Irish language schools promoted and mollycoddled into existence...."