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Time for lip service is over – government must implement 20 Year Strategy for Irish Language – Ó Clochartaigh

23 January, 2014

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh this afternoon attended the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language and Related Matters Sub-Committee, in which the forthcoming resignation of Seán Curreáin, the Comisinéir Teanga, was discussed. Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh expressed his concern at the evident disregard of the government and departments for the Official Languages Act and for the broader Irish language community.

Speaking after the committee, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“We are concerned by the complete evident disregard of government departments and their staff for the Official Languages Act and for the role of the commissioner.

“This has to be rectified before a new commissioner is appointed. There is no point in appointing a new commissioner if nothing changes.

“It is an absolute disgrace that no government representatives were in attendance at the committee. This shows the lack of respect this government has for the commissioner and for the broader Irish language community.

“The time for lip service is over. This government needs to take concrete steps to implement the 20year strategy in its entirety.

“Sinn Féin will be pushing for the committee to do a forensic examination of the strategy and its implementation. We will be putting pressure on all relevant government departments to appear before the committee to explain their lack of implementation of the strategy.

“We thank the outgoing commissioner and his staff for the great work they’ve done.

“It is clear they were totally under resourced and still are.

“This situation cannot be allowed to continue under a new commissioner.“

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