THE Irish Language Commissioner has criticised the decision to abolish bonus points for Irish-speakers seeking civil service jobs or promotions.
For almost 40 years, those who speak Irish have been entitled to a 6pc points bonus on their civil service job interview score if they pass an Irish language test. And Irish-speaking civil servants have also been entitled to a 6pc points bonus when going for promotions.
But the Cabinet has replaced the system with a recommendation that 6pc of all new civil servants hired should be able to speak Irish. And there will be no bonus points for promotion.
The policy was criticised by the Irish Language Commissioner Sean O Cuirreain as "one step forward and two backwards".