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Irish Daily Mirror

13 January 2016

The Government has been slammed for not doing more to promote the Irish language. Fianna Fáil said the Coalition has failed to keep promises to reform the Irish curriculum on how Irish is taught at school.

Former Education Minister and Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin added: "The Programme for Government said that they would allocate 50% of marks to the oral Irish exam at Leaving Cert level - this didn't happen.

"It also said it aimed to double the proportion of Irish students sitting the Higher Level Leaving Cert by 2018.

"But the numbers show that will not be met. In 2010 - 14,650 sat the higher level paper, by 2015 it had risen to 19,460."

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