Teachers and the general public give their views on how the Irish language is taught. While there is public sympathy for the language, there is a lack of resources and commitment.
Contradictions in the general public's attitude to the Irish language were revealed in the results of a survey published in 1985. While there was overwhelming support for the teaching of the language in schools, there was no support for giving extra resources to it. The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) commissioned MRBI to survey the public while they conducted their own survey of primary school teachers.
Three quarters of the teachers who filled in the questionnaire said they were enthusiastic about teaching the language, but most of them felt that the general public is not interested in the revival of the language.
Almost half of the teachers and nearly 60% of the public believe that children shouldn't have to learn Irish if their parents didn't want them to.
Only 3% of the public speak Irish a lot.
Gerry Quigley, general secretary of INTO, identifies that there is a gap between what the schools are trying to do and the public reaction to the language. On the one hand, schools are trying to educate students to be fluent at Irish, while in reality only about 3% of the public speak the language a lot.
An RTÉ News report by Joe O'Brien broadcast on 29 May 1985.