A vote for Ó Domhnaill is a vote for the Gaeltacht

A vote for Ó Domhnaill is a vote for the future of the Irish language and the Gaeltacht – Carey

Pat Carey, the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, has said that Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill was the candidate best qualified to secure the future of the Irish language and the Donegal Gaeltacht. The Minister was speaking while canvassing for Fianna Fáil’s Bye-election candidate in Gweedore, County Donegal.

Minister Carey said Senator Ó Domhnaill had a proud record on delivering for the Gaeltacht.

“In Government, Fianna Fáil has made unprecedented levels of investment in the Gaeltacht. We have supported the Irish language as a community language in the Gaeltacht and transformed the infrastructure of the Gaeltacht and the islands. At present we are finalizing the Government’s Twenty Year Strategy for the Irish language, the most comprehensive plan for the future of the language and the Gaeltacht ever drawn up. We are committed to implementing this ambitious and historic strategy.”

Minister Carey pointed to various other achievements by Fianna Fáil in relation to the Gaeltacht and the Irish language, including the introduction of the Official Languages Act which has increased the level of services available through Irish to the people of the Gaeltacht and the establishment of Acadamh na hOllscoilaíochta Gaeilge agus Gaeltachta which has one of its centres in Gaoth Dobhair.

While Minister Carey welcomed the broad support that has been given by the opposition to the Government’s Twenty Year Strategy he said the ‘mixed messages’ in relation to the Irish language emanating from opposition parties should be a cause for concern.

“Fianna Fáil is the only party with a clear, comprehensive and detailed policy for the Gaeltacht and the Irish language. The Coláistí Samhraidh contribute so much to the economy of the Gaeltacht in Donegal and elsewhere and must be protected.”

Posted: Nov 14, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West