DOWNTURN SEES NUMBERS DECLINE AT CONNEMARA GAELTACHT SCHOOLSJuly 23, 2012 - 10:20am
The economic downturn has caused a continued drop-off in numbers to gaeltacht schools in Connemara.
That's according to former MEP Sean O'Neachtain and Director of Spiddal based Coláiste Chonnacht who says schools throughout the region have seen a significant slow-down in attendance.
He says the average fee in Gaeltacht schools for a three week course is no longer affordable for many families.
His comments come as official figures from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht show a 10 to 15 percent decline in the numbers attending such schools around the country.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Sean O'Neachtain says a fresh approach to student sponsorship is required.