In recent days,several P.ie commentators mentioned that even some masters degree students of their acquaintance were ungrammatical in English,possibly an indication of absurdly low grammatical standards generally.
About 20 years ago,I was shocked to hear from a friend of my niece that her secondary school had abandoned formal teaching of English grammar,apparently a common trend in schools then. That was a sharp contrast to my education when English teachers were obsessed with even obscure grammatical points such as the distinction between gerunds and past participles,which I no longer remember.
A failure to teach grammar could be down to popular American education fads unproven in empirical research. Some educators claim that students should be encouraged to express their creativity without being inhibited by grammatical rules.
Unlike in America,most Irish students have some experience of learning languages,Irish, French and Spanish, and that should give them a grammatical sense.