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May 3, 2012

AN SIONNACH FIONN

Following on from the revelations of serious breaches by a significant number of public bodies in relation to their legal obligations under the Official Languages Act of 2003 (contained in the 2011 Report by An Coimisinéir Teanga), an Oireachtas committee is to bring a number of civil servants before it for questioning. While the deliberate obstruction of the state’s official policy of bilingualism (dating from 2006) by a large group of state employees came as no surprise the levels of illegality shocked many observers. Now the Oireachtas has finally been forced into action after a prolonged period of inactivity and indifference.

RTÉ reports that the committee has stated that:

“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…

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