Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Irish Speaking Community

Beart na Breatnaise agus Caighdeáin Teanga: Coimisinéir Teanga na Breataine Bige

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

We have a long way to go to reach some of those standards. I do not think there was even one press conference at which Irish was spoken throughout the pandemic. I am open to correction on that. As I said, very little of the material from the Health Service Executive, HSE, came in Irish except where complaints were made. We have a job of work to do. Our own language commissioner will be before the committee next week. He is dealing with a number of investigations and complaints regarding that period. We will be raising that issue with him. Do any other members of the committee want to ask any more questions? If no one indicates soon, I will bring this meeting to a conclusion.

I thank the commissioner; go raibh míle maith agat. This has been a very useful discussion, as always. Perhaps we may be able to travel over and meet him in situnext time having learned further from the progress we have made at that stage. I believe the legislation will be passed in the Dáil and Seanad in the coming weeks. It is to be hoped that will happen before Christmas. We hope that will bring in a new regime which will address one aspect of the revival of the Irish language. Gabhaim buíochas leis an gcoimisinéir arís. I thank him very much. I hope we will see him again.

That concludes the debate. I thank Mr. Roberts for helping us with our discussions today. Muna bhfuil aon rud eile le plé ag na comhaltaí, cuirfimid an cruinniú seo ar athló go dtí 2 p.m., 9 Meán Fomhair 2021, nuair a phléifimid cearta teanga in Éirinn, tuarascáil bhliaintiúil 2021 an Choimisinéara Teanga agus a thuarascáil faireacháin 2021 leis an gCoimisinéir Teanga, Rónán Ó Domhnaill.


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