[lg policy] Ireland: RnaG language policy to remain the same

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 14 16:30:35 UTC 2012

RnaG language policy to remain the same

The planned revision of RTE’s Irish language news services has been a
controversial topic since its announcement in August of this year.

RTÉ announced as part of its revised services that Raidió na
Gaeltachta national and international news would be provided by TG4
journalists from January 2013 onwards. As part of the new system, TG4
journalists would also provide reports for several RnaG programmes
while also reporting on English language stories for RTÉ News.

Speaking at a seminar regarding the future of Irish language media at
Oireachtas na Gaeilge last week, Rónán Mac an Iomaire, Deputy Chief of
RnaG, while recognising the concerns of RnaG staff and listeners,
insisted that the new plans would not affect the station’s Irish-only
language policy.

The controversial revised plans have caused tension among RTÉ
management, Nuacht TG4 and RnaG since their announcement and it was
reported at the end of the summer that RnaG staff believed that the
amalgamation was an insult and a step back for the service that RnaG
has provided for the last 40 years. But despite the concerns raised by
RnaG in recent months, RnaG management believe that the proposed
revisions must be put in place in order to continue developing the

Under the new system, no jobs will be lost and the TG4 journalists who
will work between Baile na hAbhann and Casla will be provided with
training in radio skills. Speaking at the Oireachtas, Mac an Iomaire
said that “this is a great opportunity for us to provide more services
in spite of having a smaller team and less resources.”


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