The number of pupils being taught through Irish at primary school reached record high levels in the recent academic year.

New figures published by the Department of Education show that almost one in 12 schoolchildren at primary level is receiving their education through Irish.

This has risen steadily from 6% of primary pupils in 2000 to 8pc in 2018-19.

The highest rate in the country is in Galway city, where almost a quarter of all primary schoolchildren are taught through Irish.

Other areas with rates over 10pc include Cork city and county, Galway county, Donegal and Monaghan.

Only one Gaelscoil is available in both county Roscommon and county Sligo.


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