An Irish language school that was due to open in East Belfast next term has been forced to relocate due to a “social media hate campaign”.
The Naíscoil na Seolta integrated Irish language pre-school was set to open in the grounds of Braniel Primary School in September, but the school has said today that this will no longer happen due to the actions of individuals who are not connected to it.
The principal, staff and the board of governors at the East Belfast Primary School told parents and staff today of the decision, which they say comes after “disgusting” and “unfounded erroneous allegations” were posted online.
They said: “Due to an ongoing social media hate campaign against some individuals and the integrated Naíscoil na Seolta, it is with great sadness that it is choosing to relocate to an alternative location.
“A social media campaign was started and fuelled by those who are not connected to the school, nor are parents of our school and who clearly were not interested in facts and truth, who allowed disgusting comments to be posted that were littered with unfounded erroneous allegations about certain individuals and the Naíscoil.
“Braniel Nursery and Primary School is not and should never be thought of as a contested space. We are proud to be a shared space for all. We welcome all children, parents, families and individuals irrespective of religion, faith, creed or language and we always will.
“The comments, made mostly by those who are not even from the school community, on social media do not in any way reflect the opinions and beliefs of the governors and the entire staff of the school.”