Address delivered by Dr Harold Hislop, Chief Inspector at the Department of Education and Skills at the launch of the teaching resource “Mar a Déarfá” at the Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co Galway, on Friday, 9 March 2018. “Mar a Déarfa” is a phonetics-based scheme that is being published with the support of COGG, Foras na Gaelige and the Department of Education and Skills. It provides a modern, attractive structured and progressive phonics scheme to support the teaching of oral, reading and writing skills in Irish-medium settings.