Demise of Irish a sad reflection on education
ENDA Kenny proposes cutting Irish from the core curriculum at Leaving Certificate level.
The authorities on the subject tell us speakers of high-status languages rarely learn lower-status languages. Speakers of high-status languages learn second languages only where they perceive that language to be essential in their lives.
If the Irish people wish to maintain and restore the language, the living link between past, present and future generations, they must provide the kinds of social supports that were lost through conquest.