Minister of State McHugh welcomes continued growth in Higher Level Irish in the Leaving Certificate

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., has welcomed today’s Leaving Certificate results which showed a 7% increase in the number of students taking the Higher Level Irish examination.  Almost 19,500 students sat the higher level exam this year, compared to about 18,100 last year and 16,700 in 2013. More than 88% of students who took the exam this year scored Grade C or higher.

Minister of State McHugh said:

I am delighted to see the continuing growth in the number of students taking the Higher Level Irish paper in the Leaving Cert.  These reflect the excellent work being done in Gaelscoileanna, Gaelcholáistí and other schools.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the students who sat this year’s Leaving Certificate and to wish them well for the future.”


Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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