Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Questions (611)

Joan Burton


611. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht how she will work with the Minister for Education and Skills to ensure that parents can access second-level education through Irish, especially in areas with proven demand for Gaelscoileanna. [13599/16]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

At the outset, I wish to inform the Deputy that the question of access to second level education through Irish is primarily a matter for the Department of Education and Skills.

In the context of its responsibility for coordinating the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030, however, my Department works in close cooperation with a number of key stakeholders, including the Department of Education and Skills. In that regard, my Department maintains regular contact with these stakeholders with regard to progressing the implementation of a number of important measures, including educational measures, under the Strategy.

Given the critical role of education in achieving the objectives detailed in the 20-Year Strategy, I can assure the Deputy that this close co-operation will continue to be a priority and I look forward to engaging with my colleague, Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Education and Skills, in relation to these matters.