Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Questions (611)

Joan Burton

Question:

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.