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Ó Fuaráin calls on An Post to give equal status to Irish language

18 January, 2004

Ag an gcruinniú míosúil den Chomhairle Bhaile Thrá Lí, bhi rún ag Cllr. Risteárd Ó Fuaráin ag iarraidh ar An Post aitheantas ceart a thabhairt don Ghaeilge. At the monthly meeting of Tralee Town Council, Cllr. Risteárd O Fuarain tabled a motion calling an An Post to afford equal status to the Irish language.

In tabling the motion, Cllr. Ó Fuaráin said;

"The Official Languages Act 2003 places certain obligations on bodies to give equal status to the Irish language. However, An Post have failed to do this. I would like to make particular reference to Part 5 of the Act which states that public bodies must use both Irish and English forms of place names.

"The new signage erected by An Post has the placename in English only. This is totally unacceptable. This comes on the back of the practice by An Post to publish correspondence which is devoid of any Irish and even has 'Post Office' as it's heading with no trace of 'An Post'. 'An Post' must halt this unacceptable trend immediately and correct the mistakes that they have made. Those with a respect for the Irish language will accept nothing less".

The motion was passed unanimously. DEIREADH/ENDS

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