Any pupil seeking an exemption on the grounds of a learning difficulty will have to show documentary evidence that these problems have been persistent over time. Photograph: Getty

Schools should only provide exemptions to students for the study of Irish in “exceptional circumstances”, according to the wording of new directive be(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: says the reforms will make the process fairer and that safeguards are in place to ensure any decision to grant an exemption ‘should not be taken lightly’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

This week the Minister for Education announced a relaxation of the system for awarding exemptions from studying Irish. On the face of it, it might no(...)

Irish will remain compulsory in schools and opt-outs will continue to be made available for pupils with learning difficulties or who have spent long periods outside the State.

An Irish language group has expressed concern that plans to relax the rules around securing Irish exemptions could be a “back door” to making the lang(...)

Students with dyslexia have legitimate reasons to be exemped from the study of Irish. Photograph: iStock

I am a loud dyslexic. I have been dyslexic for all my 28 years, but I have only been a loud one for some of that time. Maybe I am a loud dyslexic be(...)

There are opt-outs available for studying Irish for pupils who have been abroad for a period of time or for students who say they have no understanding of English.

Pupils from abroad may be obliged to study Irish in school under new measures being considered by Department of Education officials. At present, ther(...)

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 s(...)

Block A of Joyce’s Court on Talbot Street, Dublin, which has been purchased by Corum Asset Management

France-based Corum Asset Management has invested a further €14 million in the Dublin commercial property market, buying the Joyce’s Court office and r(...)

 Glenstal Abbey student Sean Fenton(18) from Cork city who suffers from epilepsy: he is repeating his Leaving Cert after suffering a seizure during his history Leaving Cert exam last year. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press

The Leaving Certificate exams are stressful for all students, but particularly for students with medical conditions or learning difficulties. About o(...)

Official figures show that  60 per cent of Leaving Cert students who had an exemption from sitting the Irish exam went on to sit exams in French, German and Spanish. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

More than half of Leaving Cert students who were granted an exemption from studying Irish on the grounds of a learning disability went on to study a (...)

Kate Tobin, a former nun who is living with multiple sclerosis, at her home in Clonroche, Co Wexford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kate Tobin, a 51-year-old former nun who worked in the UK as a palliative care nurse for 10 years, is suffering through the latter states of multiple (...)

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