France is fourth biggest market
Published 27/11/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- I refer to the article by John Herlihy, "We must learn to talk the talk for boost in trading" in the Business Section (Sunday Independent, November 20, 2011).
I agree with most of the points raised with regard to the importance of learning foreign languages in Ireland as a key tool in driving export growth from Ireland-based multinationals as well as SMEs.
However, in the latter part of the article, Mr Herlihy laments the importance afforded to the French language in our education system as "France is not one of our main trading partners" and that therefore it is of questionable value for Irish students to concentrate on learning French.