Students stage protest over GAA 'ban' at Dundalk school

May 24, 2024

A general view of footballs.

Sinn Fein TD Ruairí Ó Murchú is hopeful that a resolution can be found to the row over the absence of Gaelic games from the sports curriculum at a fee-paying school in Louth.

The local public representative met with Dundalk Grammar School Principal Jonathan Graham after students held a protest outside the school on Monday over the alleged ban on GAA.

In a statement released to the local media, Ó Murchú said: “The meeting with Mr Graham was a follow up on outstanding issues that we had agreed to discuss, but top of the agenda was the GAA games issue and the fact that there is a huge number of kids at Dundalk Grammar School who wish to play Gaelic football.

“It was a very constructive meeting. My belief is that there should be a further, very serious conversation with the Board of Governors at Dundalk Grammar School, particularly given the depth of feeling there is.

“You can see that from the huge number of people at the protest today, which actually only included the senior classes. It was very well organised in an inclusive and positive way and the school deserves credit for allowing it to happen.

“It showed a decent way of democracy in action. But we need to find a solution to this issue, given the depth of feeling from staff and students, and we want to see this resolved.”

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