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Lack of recognition for fadas in State services “farcical” - Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile

4 February, 2019 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that the lack of recognition of fadas in State services for people with Irish is farcical, and that the issue “shouldn’t even be a question”.

Speaking today, Senator Ó Donnghaile said;

“The notion that in Ireland, our own national language would in some way be lessened or diminished to suit bureaucracy shows where this Government’s heads is at when it comes to the Irish language.

“I welcome the news that the Data Protection Commissioner is to examine the long overdue inclusion of fadas in official documentation, however this shouldn’t even be a question.

“Last year I worked on the Data Protection Bill as it passed through the Seanad. Provisions for correction of people’s personal data must be made as soon as possible.

“The Government must direct public bodies to facilitate people’s personal information being corrected to accommodate the Irish language.

“To omit fadas is as bad as omitting letters. This is something we would not see in any other European country, and as such should not be allowed to continue.

“Existing constitutional and legislative protections for the language must be utilised fully to ensure private bodies also adhere to the proper spelling and details of people’s names, addresses and other information.”


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