Fine Gael's optional Irish plan gets 'no' vote
YOUNG people have given Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny's plan for optional Irish in the Leaving Cert the thumbs down, writes John Walshe
An MRBI poll of 1,000 people aged 16 and over showed 61pc are in favour of compulsory Irish up to the Leaving Cert. Almost two-thirds of those polled also felt that more subjects should be taught through Irish in primary schools to encourage children to use the language more often.
The telephone survey was carried out last July for Comhar na Muinteoiri Gaeilge, Conradh na Gaeilge, Gael Linn, Gael-scoileanna agus Comhdhail Naisiunta na Gaeilge. Publication was delayed until Fine Gael launched its manifesto.