Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has welcomed a commitment he received from the Minister for Education Rúairí Quinn that Irish will remain a compulsory subject for the Leaving Cert.
Minister Quinn gave the assurance in the Dáil this afternoon after being questioned by Deputy Tóibín.
Speaking afterwards Deputy Tóibín said:
“I welcome the commitment from the Minister today that Irish will be retained as a compulsory subject for the leaving cert examination.
“There were genuine fears among the electorate during the course of the election that a new Fine Gael led Government would do away with Irish as a compulsory language at leaving cert level.
“Sinn Féin is committed to the protection and restoration of the Irish language. Rather than taking measures that will contribute to the dissolution of Irish, we believe the state should in fact be taking constructive steps to strengthen, support and encourage its growth.
“There needs to be an overhaul of the Irish language syllabus in order to make it more communicative and there should be a shift in the balance of marks awarded in examinations in favour of oral and aural competence.” ENDS