Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

1st October 2019


Breathnach welcomes decision to make History ‘special status’ subject for Junior Cert


-History had been made optional for Junior Cycle students last year –

Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach has welcomed the decision by Minister for Education Joe McHugh to give history as a subject ‘special status’ at Junior Cycle. Next September History will be a compulsory subject, reversing last year’s decision to make it optional.


“As a former Teacher and Principal for 35 years, I know the value of education, and in particular the learning of our history. When the decision to downgrade history to optional status at Junior Cycle was made last year, Fianna Fáil called on the Minister to reverse this decision.”


“We are in the decade of centenaries and it is only right that our young people learn about the Home Rule movement, World War I, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War in an unbiased way. In the era of fake news, it is vital our young people learn about these events in an impartial and truthful environment and the classroom is the best place for this.”




Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2

(Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)