English at this level must excite students with aesthetic experiences and emphasize the richness of meanings and recreational pleasure to be encountered in literature and in the creative play of language. Students should be engaged with the voice of literature, learn to dialogue critically with it, and so come to understand its significance and value
An English course at Leaving Certificate must also be wide-ranging enough to accommodate not only vocational needs and further education, but also the life long needs of the students and the language demands, both oral and written, that are placed on them by the wider community.
In the US, we're considering an explicit move to "only vocational needs and further education." That's the plan.