Enda is clearly after the young vote, although many of those with a particularly strong view on this are not old enough to vote. I would certainly be all in favour of it. In fact, I would go further and think that there should be no compulsory subjects at all after Junior Cert level.
In relation to Irish, it is now quite common for students to drop back to Ordinary Level in order to concentrate on other “proper” subjects, even if they are well able to study Irish at Higher Level. I don’t agree with that at all. It is unfair that students who find Ordinary Level challenging have to contend with this. Higher Level standard students do little if any work, waltz in on exam day, collect A grades and distort the grading system.
Making Irish an optional subject would at least put an end to that and hopefully those left studying the subject would be more interested in it.