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O’Clochartaigh calls for Seanad debate on teaching of Irish in schools

6 November, 2013

Sinn Fein Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh called this morning in the Seanad for a debate to be tabled on the teaching of Irish. 

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“I called this morning for a debate to be tabled in the Seanad on the teaching of Irish, following a recent report by the Department of Education Chief Inspector.

“This report indicates that the teaching of Irish is less than satisfactory in a quarter of classes in our primary schools. 

“The Chief Inspector’s findings with regard to Irish are significantly less positive than those for English or Mathematics.

“Further, the report points to issues regarding the accuracy and fluency of teachers' own Irish language competence, and attention is drawn to a lack both of preparation and adequate resources.

“Sinn Féin is calling for a full and proper implementation of the recommendations in the 20Year Strategy for the Irish Language without further delay.

“The leader in the Seanad, Maurice Cummins, has said he hopes Minister Quinn will come in to debate the report in due course.”

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