Written answers

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Department of Education and Science

Irish Language

9:00 pm

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Dublin South East, Labour)
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Question 1834: To ask the Minister for Education and Science if he will confirm that he received correspondence from a person (details supplied) in County Kerry outlining their concerns for the future of the Irish language in Gaeltacht primary schools; if his attention has been drawn to the validity of the observations made for the necessity to reduce the pupil teacher ratios, particularly in smaller rural schools, the requirement that learning support hours be increased by 50% and the recognition that up to 26% of pupils in these schools were neither born in the Gaeltacht nor speak the Irish language at home; the steps he proposes to take to ensure that this cradle of the spoken Irish language is secured within the primary school system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29515/08]

Photo of Batt O'KeeffeBatt O'Keeffe (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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I wish to confirm that my Department has received the correspondence referred to by the Deputy.

The issues referred to in the correspondence will be considered in the context of Government policy on supports for the Irish language and having regard also for the overall economic and budgetary position and the competing priorities for available resources.

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