…de la Irish Independent:
Irish has dropped further in the Leaving Certificate popularity stakes.
At least one in five candidates did not sit the exam in the national language in June, according to 2009 statistics.
More and more students are abandoning study of the subject -- or failing to taking the paper on the day.
This year the proportion of Leaving Cert candidates taking Irish dipped below 80pc for the first time
However, there was a slight increase in the proportion taking the subject at higher level when compared to 2008.
Unless an exemption is granted, study of Irish is mandatory at school but there is no requirement to sit the exam.