Sunday 18 February 2018

Lip service

• Louise Phelan from PayPal rightly criticises the crisis in language skills in Ireland (Irish Independent, July 17) which has meant that her company has had to "import 500 employees from abroad at a far higher cost to fill the positions".

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment was very quick to bask in the reflected glory of the 1,000 new jobs that the online company announced earlier this year. But with laughable irony, what does its sister department (Education) do? It scraps modern languages in the Irish Primary Schools Initiative, even though it is widely recognised that this is the optimum time to infuse children with the language skills that they will undoubtedly need to live and work in an increasingly globalised world.

This decision was particularly moronic, even by the 'Mandarins of Malborough Street' standards, as the combined excesses of our greedy bankers, irresponsible politicians and grasping developers have undoubtedly stamped the majority of our children's passports for a life outside Ireland.

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