Thousands exempt from Irish sitting other language exams
Department reviewing process following claims the system is being ‘gamed’
Irish is perceived to be one of the most challenging subjects in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
The Department of Education is reviewing the granting of exemptions from studying Irish amid evidence that thousands of students who secure them are sitting exams in foreign languages.
The latest official figures show 3,851 students were granted an exemption to sit the Leaving Cert Irish exam in 2016 on the grounds of a disability.