Irish Independent via http://www.gaelport.com/sonrai-nuachta?NewsItemID=5455
Language activists blast FG's plan to make Irish optional (January 12, 2011)
Controversy is likely to rage over move to scrap compulsory Gaeilge after the Junior Cert
"Fine Gael is set for a war with Irish language activists as it sticks by its plan to scrap compulsory Irish at the Leaving Cert. The party, which is set to lead the next Government, is committed to making Irish optional after the Junior Cert. Enda Kenny has frequently stated that compulsion has failed as the political engine to revive the language. If he presses ahead with his plan, he would be slaughtering one of the sacred cows of Irish education. Tens of thousands of students who see little value in learning Irish will welcome the move, but language activists warn that it could have a catastrophic effect."
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