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One third of parents believe coding skills more important than Irish - survey

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Cathriona Hallahan of Microsoft

Cathriona Hallahan of Microsoft

Cathriona Hallahan of Microsoft

One third of parents believe coding skills are more important than Irish, according to the results of a survey from UPC.

The results also showed that one in five believed it to be ‘more important’ than maths while they listed coding skills as being on a level par with mainstream subjects such as business, geography, music, history, art, Irish, science, languages, maths and English.

Today Microsoft is hosting an Hour of Code event in Government buildings which is being  hosted by Deputy Eoghan Murphy - the event, run by Code.org, will be open to everyone working in Government buildings.

"This week's event in Government buildings will allow those representing our country to get a better understanding of this increasingly important language. We’re hoping for a full house and an interesting hour of coding,” Cathriona Hallahan, managing director, Microsoft Ireland.

Already, CoderDojo initiatives take place across the country on a regular basis with some regions displaying higher levels of awareness than others.

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