Community spirit and organisation saved a crèche in Gaoth Dobhair according to a spokesperson for the parent’s subcommittee.
Michael Mac Giolla Easbuic is delighted that Naoilann Ghaoth Dobhair on the industrial estate in Derrybeg will remain open despite facing closure a couple of months ago.
Naoilann Ghaoth Dobhair creates employment for five people and provides a service for up to thirty children. The future of the Gaeltacht based organisation was saved when ‘Muintearas’ an Irish language based organisation decided to take an interest in it.
“Lessons can be learnt from this. So much can be achieved when the community, parents and workers organised themselves. The Naoilann will now remain open thanks to Muintearas and Sean Ó Coisdealbha and we are very grateful for this. The importance of the naoilann cannot be underestimated, it is extremely important in terms of language and employment. You have to consider that this is an area that has been devastated by emigration and employment,” Mr. Mac Giolla Easbuic said.
He added that none of this could be achieved without the opposition to the closure which was organised by the community.