Lack of political will & support puts future of our national language at risk
Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said the lip service being paid to the Irish Language has been highlighted this week by the resignation of an Coimisinéir Teanga.
Senator Ó Domhnaill said that while disappointed to learn of the resignation of An Coimisinéir Teanga that he is not surprised given the total lack of commitment and protection being afforded our native language by this Government.
“Seán Ó Cuirreáin has been an inspirational advocate and protector of the Irish Language since his appointment to the role in February 23rd 2004. It is deeply regrettable that the Falcarragh Native has been effectively forced into a situation where he feels he has no choice but to resign before the end of his term. This follows on from extensive cuts to language resources, unacceptable delays in progressing policy and a total lack of interest and support for the issue.”
“Since 2011, the Government has dragged its heels on a review of the Official Languages Act, it has scrapped democratic elections to Údarás Na Gaeltachta, it has merged the Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga with the Ombudsman’s Office without consultation and it has further cut the resources available for the protection and promotion of the Irish language. In addition Irish Language Schemes have been cut, the requirement to possess Irish to enter the Public Service has been all but removed and we have been waiting for over two years on updated legislation to support the language.”
“The resignation of our Comisinéir Teanga must act as a wake-up call for the Government. Mr. Ó Curreáin has expressed real fear that a cornerstone of our cultural identity, our heritage and our soul is in danger.”
Posted: Dec 5, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized