In certain exceptional circumstances, a primary or post-primary student may be granted an exemption from studying Irish. School management hold the authority to grant an exemption.
A written application for an exemption is made by the parent or guardian to the school principal on behalf of their child. The application should state the reasons why the exemption is being sought.
A child will only be considered for an exemption if their educational circumstances come within the details included in the primary circular
in the case of a primary school pupil or the post-primary circular
in the case of a post-primary school pupil.
Primary Application Form for Exemption from the Study of Irish
Application for Exemption from the Study of Irish (Primary Schools)
If the application for exemption from the study of Irish is refused, a parent or guardian can appeal the school’s decision to the Irish Exemptions Appeal Committee (IEAC).
The IEAC will focus solely on the process the school engaged in reaching its decision. The IEAC will consider how the school followed the process as prescribed in the circulars and the accompanying guidelines for schools.
Appeals must be lodged within 30 calendar days from the date of the schools decision to refuse an exemption. The parent or guardian would have received notice of this decision in writing.
Primary Appeal Form for Exemption from the Study of Irish
Form for appealing a primary school’s decision not to grant an exemption from the study of Irish to the Irish exemptions Appeal Committee