An international school in Kildare will provide education for Japanese students.

An Taoiseach Charles Haughey officially opens the Sundai Ireland International School, a Japanese school in Newbridge, County Kildare.

Members of the Japanese community in Ireland, the Japanese ambassador and the first intake of students attend the official opening of the Sundai Ireland International School at the Curragh Grange in Newbridge.

Charles Haughey, recently returned from a visit to Japan, performs the opening, but he will not be drawn on the possibility of a general election. He is keen to talk about the school and is confident that it will be a major attraction for Japanese business people and could a deciding factor in attracting Japanese corporations to Ireland.

The fact that their families will be able to be sure that their children will receive a top Japanese education will I think, be a major factor in having a favourable decision taken in a number of cases.

The international school caters for the children of Japanese families living in Ireland and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has given a substantial grant towards the setting up of the school.

It is intended that the school will enrol 50 pupils by April 1990 and 350 within five years, including the children of Japanese businessmen based elsewhere in Europe.

The director general of Sundai, Hideaki Seo says the school will teach the Japanese educational curriculum but there will be a special curriculum relevant to the host country. The students will also have a number of Irish teachers.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 May 1989. The reporter is Alan McCullough.