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Donegal dialect must not be forgotten in ‘Abair Leat’ pilot project – Doherty

1 February, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

He said:

“I welcome the launch of the ‘Abair Leat’ pilot project today in 14 schools across the state. It is a useful initiative which aims to promote and improve the spoken language among young secondary school students, something which has repeatedly shown to be lacking. I am hopeful that this project will be successful and will be rolled out to all schools across the state.

“Although I welcome any initiative which promotes Gaeilge as a spoken language I am concerned at the absence of the Donegal dialect in this new programme. I believe that this initiative needs to be administered in conjunction with the Department of Education and Science syllabus which states that all three distinct dialects must be taught. The Donegal dialect must not be discriminated against and it is important that the student has experience of all three dialects in preparation for the Scrúdú Béil at leaving cert level.

“I would also call on the Minister for Communications Eamonn Ryan to clarify his intent that adequate Broadband facilities will be available for the future roll-out of this project. The programme is only as good as the internet connection providing it and it would be frustrating that such a worthwhile initiative would be left unused due to lack of proper facilities.”

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