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Government must prioritise protection and development of Irish language – Tóibín

16 March, 2011 - by Peadar Tóibín TD

For immediate release 16th March 2011

Government must prioritise protection and development of Irish language – Tóibín

Speaking today to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge Sinn Féin TD for Meath-West, Peadar Tóibín, said the government must prioritise the protection and development of the Irish language and Gaeltacht communities.

“Over the course of the last few years we have seen the erosion of the primacy of Irish in Gaeltacht areas and calls from some quarters for Irish to be dropped as a compulsory subject in schools.

“What we need to see is adequate funding for Irish-medium education right through from primary to third-level, with syllabus reform to make it more communicative. We in Sinn Féin also support the development of an Irish-medium teacher training college based in the Gaeltacht.”

Speaking on the importance of Gaeltacht communities to the rural economy, Deputy Tóibín said:

“Gaeltacht communities are a very important part of the real economy. €50 million a year is generated locally through the 25,000 students who attend Irish colleges in these areas. Any attempt to remove Irish as a compulsory subject would have adverse effects on the rural economy.

“Sinn Féin is committed to the full implementation of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language including the recommendations made by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Culture, Sport, Community, Equality and Gaeltacht affairs.”


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