Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said the Irish Government must act fast or the Gaeltacht will cease to exist. He was speaking today at the Sinn Féin Slógadh in Derry.
Gerry Adams said:
“The experts say the Gaeltacht will cease to exist within 30 years if action is not taken now. The Irish Government is doing the bare minimum for the Gaeltacht and for the Irish language.
Mr Adams praised the work of the former language commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin and promised Sinn Féin’s support to his successor Rónan Ó Domhnaill. He also praised the work of Caral Ní Chuilín and the Líofa campaign and the North’s Education Minister John O’Dowd for given strong support to the Irish language education sector.
“This year the Irish Language Commissioner was forced to leave his post due to the Government’s inaction. We wish Seán Ó Cuirreáin all the best and fully agree with his observations of the failure of the government in relation to the language.
“I wish Rónán Ó Domhnaill all the very best and he will receive every support from Sinn Féin in his new role.
“Sinn Féin agrees with the former commissioner that the Government is not meeting the needs of the Irish language community. Sinn Féin will continue to engage on behalf of the language rights of citizens across this island.
“In relation to Acht na Gaeilge in the North, I have written to the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister in the context of the upcoming talks, confirming that all parts of the Good Friday and other agreements must be addressed – that includes the introduction of an Acht na Gaeilge.
On the ongoing Seanad by election controversy, Gerry Adams said:
“The Government, and particularly the Taoiseach, has reduced the Seanad by-election to a farce.
“The decision of the Labour Party leadership to vote for John McNulty despite his request – reinforced by the Taoiseach – that no one should vote for him is bizarre.
“The Taoiseach has created a mess that only Flann O Brien could have bettered.”