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“Fáilte” for Fingal County Council’s 2nd Irish Language Scheme- Daire Ní Laoi

18 March, 2015 - by Daire Ní Laoi

Sinn Féin Councillor Daire Ní Laoi has welcomed Fingal County Council’s Second Language Scheme, which was launched in County Hall last week. Under the Scheme, which will be in force for the next three years.

The council aims to facilitate those who wish to conduct their business in Irish, and to build on the existing level of services currently being provided in the Irish Language.  

Speaking today Cllr Ní Laoi said:

“I’m very much looking forward to the implementation of this scheme.”

“Citizens have a right to expect a certain level of service from this Council, regardless of which of our official languages they choose to use .I am cautiously optimistic about the future of the Irish Language in Fingal.”

“The CEO of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid this week announced the appointment of an Irish Language Officer within the Council. Also, just prior to the launch of the Language Scheme today, we saw over 20 members of the Council’s staff being awarded certificates in respect of Irish Language courses they’ve completed.

These are very encouraging signs of the support for our native language within this Council”

“In addition to the above, a ‘Coiste Gaeilge’ comprising a number of Councillors, Council officials as well as representatives from various Irish Language Organisations, will be established within the Council in the coming months, in order to actively promote the language within the Council and the whole of Fingal.

This follows unanimous support for a motion to that effect put to the full Council meeting by myself a few months ago. “

“I would also like to take this opportunity to call on the Government to show its support for the language by asking the European Council of Ministers to lift the derogation on the Irish Language in Europe as soon as possible.

Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South, Liadh Ní Riada, was on a ‘Language Strike’ in the European Parliament for the duration of Seachtain na Gaeilge to highlight this particular issue.”

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