Andrew McKimm: Leaving Cert: it's an Irish renaissance as hostilities cease

An Englishman gave us back our flag -- and now we are reclaiming our own language from extreme republicanism, writes Andrew McKimm

THIS year sees the launch of the revamped Leaving Certificate Irish Paper. It will be a markedly changed exam in which 40 per cent, instead of the former 25 per cent, is being awarded for the oral component of the test. This is the first major change to the Irish paper in about 15 years.