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Teach Irish as a foreign language -- because it is one

Published 22/03/2011 | 09:17

Scoil Einne's Aodan Comerford tries an experiment during Seachtain na Gaeilge as part of a programme developed by Gaeltacht-based company Cambus Medical
Scoil Einne's Aodan Comerford tries an experiment during Seachtain na Gaeilge as part of a programme developed by Gaeltacht-based company Cambus Medical

I read with interest the article by Brian McDonald, 'Language chief suggests splitting Irish in two', Irish Independent, March 16.

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Language commissioner Sean O Cuirreain's suggestion about splitting the Irish curriculum still does not address what I, and other parents, believe to be the fundamental issue with the teaching of Irish in this country.

The assumption is that Irish should be taught as a native language, with no reference to English. It is this assumption which turns children off Irish at a very early age.

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