29 August, 2014- Minister O’Sullivan launches consultation on “Foreign Languages in Irish Education”

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has today launched consultations on foreign languages in Irish education. 

As part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2014, the Department of Education and Skills has committed to developing and publishing a languages strategy. This will consider the role of foreign languages in the post-primary, further and higher education sectors.

The consultations will allow key stakeholders to have an input into the strategy’s development. They are being invited to comment on a two-part consultation document, which is available on the Department’s website (please see links below). The first part sets out the overall context, whilst the second part provides a series of questions for consideration.

Feedback can be submitted until the end of October, via email or post. A forum will be organised to discuss the main points arising from the process.

It is expected that the strategy will be finalised by summer 2015.


Notes for Editors:

The consultation documents are available at:

Irish version- Creat Le Haghaidh Comhairliúcháin Ar Straitéis Um Theangacha Iasachta San Oideachas d'Éirinn

English version- Framework For Consultation On A Foreign Languages In Education Strategy For Ireland

Submissions can be made via email:


or post to:

Tim O’Keeffe, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.