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A majority of people think Irish should be optional in Ireland's schools

A new poll shows more than half believe the compulsory requirement should be dropped.

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THERE’S SUPPORT FOR changing the compulsory requirement for learning the Irish language in Ireland’s schools.

According to a poll carried out by Amárach Research for Claire Byrne Live last night, just over half of people believe it should be optional.

Here’s how the results break down:

Q: Should learning Irish be optional in schools?

  • 53% – Yes
  • 42% – No
  • 5% – Don’t know

People were also asked whether they would be prepared to pay more tax in order to fund State-owned social housing. 

Here’s how those results broke down:

  • 17% Yes
  • 74% No
  • 9% Don’t know

The poll questions were asked yesterday. The research panel has 1,000 members, all aged over 18.

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