Report on public consultation on exemptions from the study of Irish in schools
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Flynn, Niamh, Murray, Clíona, Lynch, Andrea, & Davitt, Emer. (2019). Report on public consultation on exemptions from the study of Irish in schools: Department of Education and Skills.
Public consultation on the future direction of policy on exemptions from the study of Irish in schools was undertaken in the context of recent changes in the arrangements for granting additional supports to children with special educational needs (SEN), in addition to Irish language curricular developments and related Department of Education and Skills (DES) policy. The consultation was initiated on the 7th of December 2018 through an invitation to members of the public to participate in an online survey and to send submissions via email or in writing if they wished to supplement their online responses. Due to “record” numbers of survey responses from the public (DES, 2019), the deadline for responses to the consultation was extended from the 11th of January to the 18th of January, 2019. The public consultation sought views on the draft revised circulars for primary and post-primary schools which presented key changes to the processes, circumstances and criteria for granting exemptions from the study of Irish (see Appendices 1 and 2 for the draft revised circulars)