This issue has been discussed on numerous threads, but it has been a long time since the issue has been given its own thread.
I was passionately in favour of the status quo in relation to it staying required.
However, I have come to believe that the issue only deflects attention away from the FF-led Govt. in relation to the other huge issues in relation to an Ghaeilge. Plus I feel that it is very negative to have a large number of people hating Irish because of its comulsory status. Is the issue worth fighting that much over really? Most of the "non-compulsory" people will probably never change their mind. Is the issue worth that much to fight over if our young people will have to grow up with a lot of people expressing their hatred to them because of its compulsory status? The status quo- because it is FF-led- creates a very bad atmosphere. Surely we should make it optional?