Thousands of students opt not to sit Leaving Cert Irish exam each year

New data shows thousands of pupils without exemptions are choosing not to sit exam

More than 3,000 students without official exemptions opted not to sit the Irish Leaving Cert exam in 2016.

More than 3,000 students without official exemptions opted not to sit the Irish Leaving Cert exam in 2016.

Several thousand students are opting not to sit the Leaving Cert Irish exam every year, latest official figures show.

The study of Irish is mandatory at second level, and schools are required to teach the subject in order to be eligible for State funding.

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