Should Irish be optional for Leaving Cert?


A review of Leaving Cert education highlights mixed views on keeping Irish a compulsory subject. The review examined the current curriculum structure and feedback from stakeholders – including teachers parents and 2500 students.

It was launched by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in 2016 and is now open for public consultation. It found many students think Irish should become an optional subject for the Leaving Cert.

Dónal Ó Loinsigh, Cúl Caint ar Clare FM, Príomhoide Coláiste Eoghain Uí Chomhraidhe in Carrigaholt joined us live in the studio to discuss what he thinks about Irish being made a noncompulsory subject.