Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that every child in the country over the age of five should get a tablet computer.
In a speech at a Fine Gael fundraiser, Michael Noonan said the move was the "X Factor" Ireland needs to ensure an economic recovery.
However, the use of tablets is controversial, with some experts saying they could negatively effect learning in children.
"We certainly should have every child with an iPad at five years of age," he said.
He added: "We must use the schools to drive it and we must use new ways of managing people."