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Minister presents silver fáinne to PSNI Deputy Chief Constable / Bronnann An tAire fáinne airgid ar leas-ardchonstábla SPTÉ

20 June, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has presented the PSNI’s Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie with a silver fáinne for achievement in the Irish language.

Tá an tAire Carál Ní Chuilín i ndiaidh fáinne airgid a bhronnadh ar leas- ardchonstábla SPTÉ, Judith Gillespie, lena cuid dul chun cinn I bhfoghlaim na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh.

Minister Ní Chuilín made the historic presentation as she attended regular Irish language classes, held at the PSNI College in Garnerville, as part of the Liofa 2015 Irish language campaign.

Líofa 2015 encourages people from all walks of life to become fluent in Irish by the year 2015.

The Minister said: “This is another important milestone in the Liofa journey towards making 2015 citizens fluent in Irish over the next three years. Despite an initial target of 1,000 participants, as of today we now have 1,987 people signed up.

“As Minister in charge of languages, I want to emphasise the rich heritage and inclusive nature of Irish. As someone who is learning the language, I am keen to reach out to others in the same position.

“Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie is associated with ongoing efforts to modernise the north’s police service and make it fully representative of our society.

Tá baint ag an leas-ardchonstábla, Judith Gillespie, le hiarrachtaí leanúnacha seirbhís póilíneachta an tuaiscirt a nuachóiriú agus é a dhéanamh ionadaíoch don phobal iomlán.

“I am now delighted to be presenting Judith with the silver fáinne. This is a tremendous achievement and Judith’s example is one which I hope many more in the PSNI, and wider society, will follow.

Tá lúchair orm an fáinne airgid a bhronnadh ar Judith. Seo éacht mór agus tá súil agam go mbeidh sé ina ábhar inspioráide ag SPTÉ agus ag an mhórphobal agus go leanfar den sampla.

“Over the past nine months I have travelled across the north visiting people who are learning Irish. People of all ages and abilities, from a wide range of backgrounds, are each on their own voyage of discovery.

“I am particularly pleased to have met dozens of PSNI officers who are committed to learning Irish. Together, through Irish, this society is uniting around the common name of Liofa 2015, an exciting journey of learning and discovery, and a celebration of inclusivity and equality.

“With this in mind, I congratulate DCC Judith Gillespie on achieving her silver fáinne. I also wish everyone learning Irish in the PSNI every success.”

Ar an ábhar seo, déanaim comhghairdeas le leas-ardchonstábla Judith Gillespie as an éacht seo atá bainte amach aici. Agus go n-éirí le hachan duine i SPTÉ atá ag foghlaim na Gaeilge.

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