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Social media hate campaign causes Belfast Irish-language nursery school to relocate

A social media hate campaign has forced the relocation of an Irish-language nursery school, which was originally set to open in East Belfast.

Naíscoil na Seolta, which was due to open in September, would cater for 16 students in a prefab on the grounds of Braniel Primary School.

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The school stated that the move to relocate was made with “mixed emotions” but that it had dealt with a social media campaign launched against it.

Braniel Primary School stated that the campaign against the nursery was made by individuals who were not connected to the school.

In a letter to parents, Braniel Primary School stated, “Due to an ongoing social media hate campaign against some individuals and the Integrated Naiscoil na Seolta, it is with great sadness that it is choosing to relocate to an alternative location,”.

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The letter added, “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 are 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.”

Naíscoil na Seolta will be relocating to another site in East Belfast.

Social Democratic and Labour Party East Belfast city councillor Séamus de Faoite stated, “The opening of an Irish language nursery school in east Belfast should have been a symbol of how far we have come in the past few decades, instead it has now become a symbol of how far we still have to go in Northern Ireland.”

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