I think one way for our education system to preserve Irish is to end it's compulsory nature for Leaving Cert. As it is, resources are being wasted on trying to teach Irish to a lot of people who dont want to learn it and resent it being foisted on them. However, many people ARE interested in Irish. Why not just concentrate these resources on them? Many people also take up Irish when they feel it is of their own free will. All in all, there is a lot of interest out there. Perhaps colleges/universities could play a role in accepting it equally to foreign languages.