Fingal County Council passes motion to end the derogation on the status of the Irish language in the EU- Cllr Daire Ní Laoi
Sinn Féin Cllr Daire Ní Laoi has expressed her delight that her motion calling for the Government to act to end the derogation on the status of the Irish language in the EU was passed by Fingal County Council on Wednesday.
Speaking afterwards, Cllr Ni Laoi said:
"Irish became a full EU official language in January 2007, but a derogation has been in place ever since, so that European institutions are not obliged to provide full translation or interpretation services in Irish.
“Conradh na Gaeilge has said that over 180 jobs would be created should the derogation be lifted, and it would have huge ramifications for the Irish language and for Gaeltacht communities. The European Union is more than willing to facilitate the language as a true working language, but await the decision of our Government on the matter.
“This Government does not have a good track record to date in relation to the language, but this is an opportunity for them to show some commitment towards our national language and those who wish to use it. They must however act quickly, as if the derogation is not lifted now, there will not be another opportunity until 2020.
“Fingal County Council will now write to the Government calling on them to write to the Council of Ministers requesting that the derogation on the status of Irish in the EU be allowed lapse at the end of 2016.