Monday 16 January 2017

All-Irish debate credit to schooling

Published 19/02/2011 | 05:00

The TG4 debate was historic in that it was the first of its kind in Irish. Indeed, it was the first time such an event was possible with all three party leaders having fluency in the language. Given that none of the three comes from a Gaeltacht background, it was remarkable.

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This bilingual ability of our three candidates for Taoiseach is a credit to them. But it has to be said that it also reflects favourably on the school system they came through. For all its faults, our education system with Irish as a core subject to Leaving Certificate level has ensured the survival of the language for our generation.

It would be an awful shame if we failed to ensure its survival for the next generation. It is after all one of the few things that is uniquely our own.

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