Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has today criticised Fine Gael for their continued policy of downgrading the Irish language within the education system. This policy was reaffirmed at the Young Fine Gael Conference held in Tullamore last weekend with the passing of the Motion: ‘YFG calls on FG to live up to its election promise and remove Irish as a compulsory subject in the Leaving Certificate.’
 
Deputy Calleary said: said, “The continuation of this policy by Fine Gael to downgrade Irish within the education system has no merit and threatens to undo the significant work that has been carried out, particularly through the Gaelscoil movement, to increase Irish usage in our communities.
 
Dúirt an Teachta Calleary freisin, “Is léir go bhfuil Fine Gael tiomanta do dhamáiste a dhéanamh don dul chun cinn atá déanta leis an nGaeilge le blianta beaga anuas. Anseo inár gcathair, tá borradh ollmhór tagtha faoi líon na ndaltaí atá ag freastal ar Ghaelscoileanna. Táim bródúil as seo, agus táim go láidir den tuairim go bhfuil na polasaithe ag cur an bhorradh seo i mbaol.
 
“Along with the growth of the Gaelscoileanna, the previous Government set out a 20 Year Plan which provides a blueprint for the increased usage of Irish. To date, Fine Gael and Labour in Government seem to lack any enthusiasm to implement this blueprint. This is unfortunate and the message coming from within Fine Gael is a very bleak one for the Irish language.
 
“Táim ag glaoch ar ár dTeachtaí Dála áitiúla ó Fhine Gael a rá an bhfuil siad i bhfabhar an rúin seo ó Young Fine Gael, agus muna bhfuil, an bhfuil siad sásta labhairt amach ina choinne.”