Oireachtas committee to quiz officials over Irish implementationThursday 03 May 2012 12.09
An Oireachtas committee is to grill officials from State bodies as to why they did not implement recommendations from the Irish Language Commissioner.
Representatives from An Garda Síochána, the HSE, the Depart of Social Protection and National Museum of Ireland will all be asked to appear.
They are also seeking to ask Minister for the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan to discuss with them the failure of his department to oversee the implementation of language schemes in public bodies.
105 such schemes have been implemented by the minister since the Language Act was enacted, but 72 of these have since lapsed.
Only one new language scheme was confirmed by the Department of the Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht in 2011.
Irish Language Commissioner Seán Ó Cuirreáin told the joint committee today that he believes a recruitment policy, which would discriminate positively with regard to Irish language speakers for a certain period, would be a way of overcoming the difficulty the state system has in providing Irish language services and would also save money.
The Language Commissioner also told the Oireachtas committee that he had not been consulted beforehand or since the announcement was made that his office is to be merged with the Ombudsman’s office.