Political parties have policies on the things they believe their potential voters rate as important. The absence of policies in any area is a very clear indication that the voters aren't raising it in any significant numbers with their TDs.That is welcome news indeed; although is it not the case that the second-level was meant to open this year?
More importantly, and more to the point - the government has no policy on Irish-medium education that I am aware of.
Each school that opens comes about as a result of constant pressure by parents, and has to fight enormous inertia and hostility on the part of the Dept of Education and maybe others.
I believe that the time has come when we need to ask each candidate who comes to our door looking for our vote what his/her party's policy on Irish-medium education is, and make it clear that no policy means no vote. And I do not say this against any particular party - most if not all parties have no specific policy on the subject. Most will tell you that they support Irish-medium education, but have no actual policy where they set out what they are going to do, and how and when, and how much money will be made available for it.
Primary, secondary, and tertiary; and not forgetting pre-school as a lot of public money is today going to subsidise private English-language creches.