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It’s time the government gave the Irish language rightful recognition – Ó Clochartaigh

18 February, 2015

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Irish language, Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, today addressed the importance of honouring and building upon the 2013 Official Languages Act.  The Sinn Féin Senator addressed the International Convention of Language Rights where he outlined the necessity of having adequate services for Irish speakers.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“This government have continually disregarded the Irish language. This has been evident early on, from their reluctance in implementing the 20 Years Irish Language Strategy to the lack of support given to the Irish Language Commissioner role. However it is with the commemoration of 1916 that their true regard for Irish has come to light

“Recent reports of the office of Heather Humphries, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht show that it was asked that Irish be moved further down the list of themes and topics of the 1916 commemorations. Only a few months ago Google translate was used for translating Irish on the official 1916 commemorative website, rendering it unintelligible. These actions among many others expose the governments near contempt for the language.

“The government have made much noise about their commitment in the promotion of Irish but it is evident that it is only lip service. The government have not only consistently failed to serve the Irish language community, but they have dishonoured our cultural and historical legacy.”

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