Irish is vital for a lot of institutions - but there are exceptions
Many students do not take Irish for the Leaving Cert for a variety of reasons.
This may be because they have completed a significant amount of their education outside of Ireland or as a result of a certain learning difficulty.
However, as Irish is considered a core subject, it is a requirement for entry to a number of third Level institutions. These include all NUI colleges i.e University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) , NUI Galway, Maynooth University and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI).
Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick require students to pass English and another language, which can cause problems for students who do not take Irish or modern European language at Leaving Cert level. It is possible for students who do not take Irish to be exempt from these requirements in certain circumstances.
For NUI colleges (UCD, UCC, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, RCSI) a student who has not studied Irish or a modern European language (if they have a specific learning difficulty) in school, may apply to be exempt from these requirements.
Students must apply for these exemptions by printing and completing the relevant forms from nui.ie/college and return them to the NUI offices in Merrion Square, Dublin.
In the case of Trinity - where applicants are required to pass English and another language for entry - students not taking Irish or any other language, as a result of a learning difficulty, may apply to the admissions office at Trinity to be exempt from this requirement. Forms are available from tcd.ie. University of Limerick has a similar requirement for English and another language, and students can apply for an exemption in writing to the college.
Applicants will find more information on the admissions section of the college website.
Dublin City University and the institutes of technology require entrants to present with maths and English or Irish, therefore there is no need to apply for exemptions from these colleges.
Students who wish to apply for exemptions should contact the admissions office of the relevant college for further information.