The requirement to attain a pass in Irish in the Leaving, Intermediate and Group certificates is abolished.

At a press conference on the changes in the approach to teaching and learning the Irish language, Richard Burke, Minister for Education, outlines proposals to encourage the study of the Irish language.

The policy of selective compulsion that has proved so disastrous for the Irish language over the past 50 years will be replaced by a genuine policy based on respect for and promotion of the Irish language and culture.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 April 1973.