North South Standing Committee

North South Standing Commitee

The North South Standing Committee (CSTT) on Irish-medium Education was established in 2009. The CSTT now has a wide membership comprised of the key partners in the Irish-medium education sector on a 32 county basis, in the Gaeltacht and elsewhere.


  • Altram
  • An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta
  • An Foras Pátrúnachta
  • An Roinn Oideachais, Tuaisceart Éireann
  • Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta
  • Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta
  • Foras na Gaeilge
  • Gaeloideachas
  • Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta
  • Na Naíonraí Gaelacha
  • Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta

Role, remit and purpose of the CSTT

The role, remit and purpose of the CSTT is North-South cooperation with a particular focus on Irish-medium education. The CSTT will provide an informal forum with guidance and direction by way of recommendations and use of the resources of the member organisations at any given time. The role of Chair is shared on a rotational basis among the partners.

Among the key objectives of the CSTT:

  • Raise the profile of Irish-medium education;
  • add to contacts across Ireland, to develop support structures and mechanisms for the sharing and promotion of best practice;
  • enhance cooperation and mutual understanding among the organisations involved in Irish-medium education in each jurisdiction;
  • develop cross-sectoral links between the constituent organisations in the preschool, primary and post-primary sectors;
  • share best practice in order to improve quality and benefits for stakeholders;
  • develop strategic North-South collaboration;
  • establish joint projects;
  • demonstrate value for money in the context of government budgets through strategic North-South discussions on resource development, teacher training and support services for schools;
  • focus on Irish-medium education as a specialist subject; and
  • influence Government Departments, relevant organisations, and the wider community