Conradh na Gaeilge is demanding immediate action from the Government in the south in light of the results of a poll published today, 13 October, by Tuairisc.ie which confirms that 62% of those surveyed are of the opinion that the government in the south should be doing more to promote the Irish language.
Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill, President of Conradh na Gaeilge said: "The implications of the survey published by Tuairisc.ie are very serious. They show very clearly that the Government is not doing enough to promote the Irish language. Conradh na Gaeilge is calling on the government to admit that they are not doing enough for Irish and to act immediately to better promote the language".
Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge said: "The Government could show it understands the concerns of the public by acting immediately to implement the policies Conradh na Gaeilge proposed to the Minister of State Joe McHugh on the 24th of September, which include:
TOMORROW IN THE BUDGET: Provide a capital budget of €12 million to Údarás na Gaeltachta in 2015 and keep Foras na Gaeilge's budget at the same level in 2015
IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS: The Official Languages Bill 2014 (amendment) should be put on hold for six months and the bill should be amended with comprehensive and worthwhile provisions that will improve the quality and quantity of services provided in Irish to the Irish-speaking and Gaeltacht community
IMMEDIATELY: The derogation on the status of the Irish language in the European Union should be ended at the end of 2016. In order for this to happen, the Irish Government needs to inform the Council of the European Union immediately that it intends to propose the ending of the derogation at a formal meeting to be held in 2015
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community working
to promote the language. There are over 180 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge and since its foundation in 1893, members of the Conradh have been actively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland and especially its use in their own areas. Conraitheoirí are at the forefront of campaigns to secure and strengthen the rights of the Irish language community. It is also possible to register as an individual member of the Conradh. Conradh na Gaeilge runs Irish-language courses in Dublin, Galway, Mayo, Tipperary, Newry and other locations across Ireland.