Education Authority decision to drop Irish must be overturned – Mullan

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has called on the Education Authority to overturn a decision to remove an Irish language translation from its logo.

The party’s Education spokesperson said:

“Moves by the Education Authority to remove Irish language translation from its logo are unacceptable and falls short of its own equality scheme for changing policy.

“Following my challenge to the EA’s claim that they change was the result of a Ministerial direction the EA was forced to admit that this was not the case but rather an arbitrary decision by the Chief Executive of the EA.

“The education system must be inclusive and for everyone in our society, including those who wish to be educated through the medium of Irish.

“Government departments also have a duty to promote the Irish language and that includes the use of bilingual logos and Irish on official documentation.

“This type of decision brings into sharp focus the need for Acht Gaeilge to provide legal protections to the Irish language.

“It is now imperative that the EA take the necessary steps to rectify this. 

“I will continue to press the case until there is a reversion to the direction set by John O’Dowd when he was Education Minister.”