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McHugh has to act on Joint Committee Language Act recommendations – Ó Clochartaigh

24 February, 2015

The Minister for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, must implement the recommendations from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Gaeltacht, or else reforms on the Language Act might as well be scrapped, says Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Irish language, Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Welcoming the report that was launched today, the Senator said;

“I welcome this report which includes the recommendations made by the Irish language community, organisations and all stakeholders.  It is important that these recommendations also have cross-party support.

“They demonstrate a strengthening of the Act as it is, not a diminishment – as was evident from the Heads of Bills that was published by the government.

“These recommendations recognise the important work of the Language Commissioner and will strengthen the role and the operation of the Act.

“Sinn Féin would rather that the recommendations had gone further and I think that we will have to come back to debate the introduction of a regulatory system instead of the language schemes that currently exist.

“However these recommendations are worth nothing unless the government, departments and organisations are happy to take these on and implement them. This must be guaranteed in legislation by the Minister first and then the legislation must be implemented accordingly. 

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