Friday 23 June 2017

First official language farce sees funds wasted on futile gestures

Money would be better spent on providing school textbooks, writes Concubhar O Liathan

THE Irish Language Commissioner, Sean O Cuirreain, has urged Irish speakers to avail of their right to have their cases heard in the First Official Language in the Irish court system.

Apparently only a little over €1,000 was spent on interpreter services for Irish speakers in 2007, and in 2006, the figure was less than €2,000.

Although interpreters were sought in legal actions involving 71 different languages, Irish wasn't among the top 10 languages for which such services were sought.

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