Northern Ireland: share of secondary students with lessons in Irish 2001-2017

This statistic shows the proportion of secondary school students in Northern Ireland who received at least one class taught in Irish from the academic year 2001/02 to 2017/18. During that time, the share of Irish taught secondary school students has been steadily increasing. However the increase was not as large as with primary school students.

Share of secondary school students taught using the Irish language in Northern Ireland from 2001/2002 to 2016/2017*

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Release date

July 2018


United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

Survey time period

2001/02 to 2017/18

Number of respondents


Age group

11-18 years

Supplementary notes

* Percentages calculated by Statista using data on number of Irish taught students in secondary school and the total number of secondary school students per year in Northern Ireland provided by the source.
Figures were rounded.

** n(2001/02) =155,503; n(2002/03) =155,747; n(2003/04) =155,394; n(2004/05)=153,449; n(2005/06) =151,840; n(2006/07) = 149,760, n(2007/08) =147,942; n(2008/09) =147,986; n(2009/10) =147,759; n(2010/11) =147,902; n(2011/12) =146,747; n(2012/13) =145,658; n(2013/14) =143,973; n(2014/15) = 142,553; n(2015/16) = 141,112; n (2016/17) = 140,413; n (2017/18) = 140,545

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