An article in today's Indo suggests that the standard of Irish required from entrants to the teaching colleges is to be kept at a low level to avoid a situation where those from "disadvantaged area" are refused access to such courses.
Since the Government is currently peddling the idea of a 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language and since the first exposure to Irish is from teachers at school (for the vast majority of children) I think it is important that teachers would have a high standard of Irish - spoken Irish in particular.
The point made by Aodhan O Riordain where he suggests that the teaching of Irish should be done in the Teaching Training college seems farcical. By that stage trainee teachers would have been exposed to Irish for 14 years - if they haven't got a grasp by then one has to ask whether they are capable of learning (and consequently teaching) the language.
Quinn is against plan to raise Irish level for teachers - Independent.ie