More of the motions from the Young Fine Gael next weekend have been released and Wexford YFG have one calling on the Government to implement one of Fine Gael’s pre-election policies on the Irish Language. The motion reads
YFG calls on FG to live up to its election promise and removes Irish as a compulsory subject in the Leaving Certificate
The relevant part of the Fine Gael manifesto reads as follows
Fine Gael is committed to overhauling the way in which Irish is taught at primary and second levels of education, to ensure teachers are equipped with the right tools to instil a love of the language for all students and the curriculum is designed to inspire students to continue speaking the language after leaving school.
• We will overhaul the curriculum at second level and we will critically examine the effect of current training methods of teachers to teach. Irish as an optional subject for Leaving Certificate will only apply following consultations on both matters.
• We will allocate 50% of marks to oral Irish exams.
• We aim to double the proportion of Irish students sitting the Higher Level Leaving Certificate exam by 2018.
This is sure to get a big debate going on Saturday morning. The Irish Language policy caused a lot of division in the grassroots of Fine Gael and Young Fine Gael and is an issue that can regularly be heard debated in YFG/FG social events.
While I am all for a revision of the curriculum on Irish and in fact think it should be split into two subjects, Conversational and Literature. This should stop the learning by rote which is endemic in the learning of Irish, but should it be compulsory is a tough one.
Motions to be discussed at YFG Conference 2012
- YFG proposes that an incentive for young farmers be introduced by increasing the number of training places in agricultural colleges – Laois YFG
- YFG approves of the process of fracking as can it can prove a viable energy source in Ireland for the foreseeable future – UCD YFG
- YFG proposes that the 1989 Incitement of Hatred Act be updated to include provisions relating to social media and social networking – Kilkenny YFG
- YFG believes that a graduate tax should be introduced for all college graduates as a means of funding their education and the present entry fees should be phased out over 5 years. Households with an income of below €45,000 would be exempted – UCC YFG
- YFG believes that it is imperative that the ECB renegotiates the current promissory note structure with the Government. It is in the best interests of the Irish economy, the ECB, the Euro and the European Union that the structure of the promissory notes system is changed. Failure to do so will create an unsustainable debt burden for Ireland, causing huge barriers to job creation and restricting growth in the Irish economy – YFG National Executive
- Young Fine Gael strongly supports Ireland’s membership of the euro and the efforts of EU Government to stabilise the eurozone, and; calls on the Government to engage with other EU member states to implement real and lasting reform of the EU treaties and institutions to ensure that the dangerous political paralysis of the last two years can never be repeated. – Alfie Byrne YFG
- YFG calls on FG to live up to its election promise and removes Irish as a compulsory subject in the Leaving Certificate – Wexford YFG
- YFG call on the government to bring forward legislation allowing gay couples to adopt – DCU YFG
- YFG To Support a Graduate Tax? (stephenspillane.com)
- What the Frack? YFG to discuss Hydraulic fracturing at National Conference (stephenspillane.com)