Choice on Irish
•I wrote a letter on September 23, suggesting people be allowed to pay an 'indulgence' to free their child from compulsory Irish. This money could be used to satisfy the special interests that forced the FG U-turn on making Irish optional.
Mr Doyle in the Irish Independent, September 28, wrote a letter stating that 70pc of Irish parents support compulsory Irish and that thousands of children attend Gaelscoils. I do not propose closing the Gaelscoils.
Mr Doyle's 70pc number comes from research sponsored by Bord Na Gaeilge (ie, you the taxpayer). They made a statement, "No real Irish person can be against the revival of Irish", and they found 70pc agreed.