Sir, - Concerning the Minister for Education, Ms Bhreathneach's proposal to remove history from the list of compulsory subjects for the Junior Cert, I have a word or two to say. Having completed my Junior Cert in 1994, I have reaped the benefits of the course and developed a love for history both Irish and European as many of my peers have. I would be disillusioned to see the education system return to the "Murder Machine" that Padraic Pearse referred to.

Am I to suppose that the next step in depriving the future politicians and leaders of their culture and history is to remove Irish from the list of compulsory subjects?

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - Yours, etc.,

(Leaving Cert history student), Seafort Parade,


Co Dublin.