O’Dowd welcomes Clintyclay Primary School Judgment

Date published: 14 March 2016

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, welcomes the Court of Appeal judgment which has resulted in the case being sent back for reconsideration.

Mr Justice Treacy is asked to reconsider and set out clearly if and how he took all material information into account when making his decision.

Minister O’Dowd said:

“The Court of Appeal has asked Mr Justice Treacy to reconsider his judgment in light of all the information provided to and known by me when I made my decisions about the future of Clintyclay Primary School.

“The Court of Appeal recognises that the learned Judge is required to consider all grounds of appeal and that there are significant matters in favour of my decision which do not appear in his judgment and should be clearly addressed.

“The affidavit in these proceedings, approved by me, clearly states that I read all of the information in the submission before making my decision. As Minister for Education I am acutely aware of the financial issues associated with small schools and the additional resources needed to help them deliver the curriculum as well as the advice I receive on individual school budgets.

“I look forward to a prompt reconsideration of this case to provide clarity for all concerned.”


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