Irish taught well in only 50pc of schools
The Government's 20-Year Strategy for the Irish language cited research showing that Irish was taught to a good or very good standard in only half of primary schools inspected.
- In one third of classrooms, Irish was taught through the medium of English. Pupils in just over half of lessons inspected were able to express themselves satisfactorily in Irish.
- A recent report from researchers at the University of Ulster and the University of Limerick suggests that Irish is now the language of the elite.
The report found that non-speakers of Irish are twice as likely to be unemployed as Irish speakers.
The report found that 42pc of Irish speakers work in senior professional, managerial or technical jobs.