[lg policy] Ireland: DEPARTMENT NOT EQUIPPED TO TAKE ON THE IRISH LANGUAGE, SAYS CONRADH NA GAEILGE
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DEPARTMENT NOT EQUIPPED TO TAKE ON THE IRISH LANGUAGE, SAYS CONRADH NA GAEILGE
Co. Dublin, Ireland — 17 Jul. 2009 — Conradh na Gaeilge believes it
would do untold damage to both the Irish language and the Gaeltacht
regions if the recommendations from the Bord Snip Nua report published
yesterday, 16 July 2009, were implemented in a way that would abolish
the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Conradh na Gaeilge believes it would do untold damage to both the
Irish language and the Gaeltacht regions if the recommendations from
the Bord Snip Nua report published yesterday, 16 July 2009, were
implemented in a way that would abolish the Department of Community,
Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa, President of Conradh na Gaeilge said: “The
Conradh would ask the Government not to transfer the Irish-language
responsibilities of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht
Affairs to the Department of Education and Science. The Education
Department is neither capable nor competent to answer them.
“The Department of Education is still trying to put an end to total
early immersion education in the State’s Irish-language schools,
despite the fact that educators at home and abroad recognise that this
is the best method of teaching a second language. This policy of the
Department of Education and Science is also a serious attack on
language transmission from generation to generation in the Gaeltacht;
this is an obvious indication that there is vindictiveness working
against the language at the most senior level in that very
Only 3% of the workforce in the Department of Education and Science
are capable of providing services through Irish according to the
latest figures from the Department and as such, Conradh na Gaeilge
believes the Department is unable to tackle the needs of the
Irish-speaking community, within and without the Gaeltacht.
Commenting on the recommendation that An Chomhairle um Oideachas
Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG) should also be abolished, Mac
Fhearghusa said: “The Conradh knows the vital work that COGG does for
the teaching and learning of Irish in schools across the country, and
the announcement that the national education unit in Baile Bhuirne,
Co. Cork is not to go ahead will severely impair the language’s
“It would do unthinkable damage to the language if the work of COGG
were to be done away with completely, and worse yet if the
Irish-language responsibilities of the Department of Community, Rural
and Gaeltacht Affairs were transferred to the Department of Education
and Science”, the President of the Conradh said.
“If the Government, and indeed the Houses of Oireachtas Éireann, feel
that they have responsibility for the Irish language in the national
context, and even from a European perspective, they should not create
further irrevocable problems for the language community. Value for
money is what we need, not abolition of proven good work.”
Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa
President, Conradh na Gaeilge.
066 7124169 / 087 2901154
Síne Nic an Ailí
Development Executive, Conradh na Gaeilge.
01 4757401 / 087 6546673
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