Arising from the decision of the Minister for Education and Science which was announced in a Press Statement issued on June 24 1999, a change is to be implemented at the beginning of the 1999/2000 school year as regards the Irish language requirement for appointment as a teacher in Post-Primary schools.
From that date onwards, although there will no longer be an Irish language requirement for appointment as a Post-Primary teacher in the case of the majority of teachers who do not need to use Irish to carry out their daily duties, there will still be an Irish language requirement in the case of teachers who are employed in Gaeltacht schools, in the case of teachers who are employed in schools in which Irish is the daily teaching medium (in the case of subjects other than Irish) and in the case of teachers who teach any subject (except Irish) through Irish in any school. It will be expected, however, that they are fully competent to use Irish.
Teachers who are required to have a Certificate in Irish for Post- Primary schools:
An Irish language Certificate for Post-Primary schools is necessary to fulfill the requirement in Irish for appointment as a teacher in Post- Primary schools in the case of the following categories: