The government has launched a new document which outlines plans for the Irish language.
Called the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030, the plan aims to increase the number of people who speak Irish on a daily basis from 83,000 to 250,000 over the next two decades.
The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey, said: "This new and comprehensive national plan will allow us to take a new approach and ensure that the state, language organisations and the public are working together to promote the Irish language."
Irish is currently a mandatory subject for students sitting the Leaving Cert, except for those who spent time living abroad or individuals with a learning disability.
Some 14,650 students took the higher level Leaving Cert paper this year, with 8.7 per cent achieving an A1.
A further 15,906 students undertook the ordinary level paper in the exams last June.
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