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Government has wrong approach to Irish Speaking Scheme – Doherty

14 April, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty has said that the Government is taking the wrong approach to the Irish Speaking Scheme.

An announcement yesterday by the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs states that the Scheme will now be discontinued.

Deputy Doherty said:

“The Government is taking the complete wrong approach to the Irish Speaking Scheme.

“Sinn Féin agrees that the scheme should be reviewed in order to benefit both native Irish speakers and those who want to become fluent in the language. We do believe, however that the decision to discontinue the scheme entirely is the wrong approach to take.

“What we need is root and branch reform of the scheme so that it enhances and enriches the use of Irish among native speakers and those who want to become fluent. It is widely acknowledged that the scheme at present is not enabling that.

“I would appeal to the Government to take on board the recommendations of the Staidéar Teangeolaíochta ar Usáid na Gaeilge sa Ghaeltacht with regard to this scheme. We do need reform. We do not need ill-thought-out decisions such as that announced yesterday.”

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