Yes - understood. There is a connection and an affection for Irish. Not much for speaking of course, except for the few words. But definitely as a respected symbol of our independence. The two elements were intertwined in past state policy but I think that now they are gradually separating.I was canvassing for FG in Dun Laoghaire in 2011 when the question on most peoples minds was whether they would have a job or whether their pensions would be paid, yet the issue that surprised me most was the opposition to FG's proposal to remove compulsory Irish. To put it in context, I had abortion raised once but compulsory Irish 5 or 6 times. BTW, while I agree with teaching it to everyone, I think compulsion is a waste of time.
Seeing the elements as separate, would reflect your position: teaching it or introducing it to everybody in school but after a certain point making it a subject of choice and not compulsory.