A parent of a pupil at Bunscoil an Traonaigh is threatening High Court legal action against the Department of Education.
Two-and-a-half years ago then Education Minister John O’Dowd (Sinn Féin) pledged to move the school to a new site - the former Lisnaskea High School - but with delays under DUP Minister Peter Weir and the collapse of Stormont last year, the chances of making good on the promise are as far away as ever.
As a result pupils at Fermanagh’s only Irish language school are being taught in crumbling mobile units and older pupils at the school are being educated in a canteen.

It is made up of three temporary classrooms, one of which is a canteen and the school car park is also being used as a play area for the children.
Despite these conditions though, enrolment is on the rise. 
When it first opened, 12 pupils attended the school in 2004. There will be 60 pupils attending the school this September.
“We can’t stay on the site long term because the mobiles we are in are basically falling apart,” Bunscoil an Traonaigh’s principal Sorcha Ní Mhurchú told The Detail.
“One of our classes is being taught in the canteen, it’s not fair on the pupils in there. 
“It’s also a distraction whenever the kitchen area is being prepared due to increased noise.
“There just isn’t enough space for children to be able to enter school safely or to be able to play safely.
“We are deeply disappointed we are still here. 
“If we were on the new site it would certainly help to attract new pupils and help with the growth of Irish medium education in Fermanagh in general.”
With progress at a standstill, the department is now being accused of breaching its duty under Article 89 of the Education (NI) Order 1998 to encourage and facilitate the development of Irish medium education.
The Department of Education is insisting, however that a move to the former Lisnaskea High site remains its position.
“Against a constrained capital budget position, funding is not currently available to progress the school’s relocation in the short term,” it added however.
Through a number of Freedom of Information requests, The Detail has gained an insight into the specifics of the delays. 
In December 2015 when Mr. O’Dowd made his pledge to the school, he proposed a split-site use for Lisnaskea High, which before its closure, would have been attended predominantly by students from a Protestant background.
His proposal was that a section of the High School site would go towards Bunscoil an Traonaigh while the rest would go to the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF). 
Mr. O’Dowd’s successor, Mr. Weir, had been vocal in his criticism of the dual-use .
“The latest decision to allow a school with only 40 pupils to use the old Lisnaskea High School site would be laughable if it were not so serious,” he said at the time. 
“It is a costly division of resources from a hard-pressed education system.”
The Detail’s investigation has found that during his tenure as Education Minister, Mr. Weir had taken time to locate other possible sites for the Irish language school. 
And that Mr. O’Dowd’s dual-use proposal had caused concern for members of SEFF.
In correspondence to Mr. Weir and then First Minister Arlene Foster in December 2016, SEFF chairman Eric Brown criticised the move by John O’Dowd: 
“The Protestant community of south Fermanagh feel absolutely betrayed throughout this process and cannot understand how this decision could not have been taken away politically.”
In response to questions from The Detail regarding Bunscoil an Traonaigh a department spokesperson said: 
“In the absence of an Executive the Department of Education is continuing to progress policies and decisions taken by the previous Minister.
“Before leaving office, the previous Minister was clear that the Lisnaskea High School site should be split to allocate a portion for use by Bunscoil an Traonaigh.
“That remains the Department’s current position. 
“However against a constrained capital budget position, funding is not currently available to progress the school’s relocation in the short term.
“Department is aware of its statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the development of Irish-medium education and work is progressing to provide additional modular accommodation on the school’s current site for September 2018. 
“This will enable the school to accommodate an increase in pupil numbers in the interim.
“This was planned to be on site in September however delays in obtaining planning permission may result in some slippage to this date.”