Friday 20 October 2017

There is no denying the clear threats to future of Irish

'Shooting the messenger is not going to change the challenging conditions faced by Irish-speaking communities,
'Shooting the messenger is not going to change the challenging conditions faced by Irish-speaking communities,

Conchúr Ó Giollagáin

As one of the authors of the two studies referred to in Rónán Mac Con Iomaire's opinion piece ('Irish and the Gaeltacht - they haven't gone away, you know', Irish Independent, October 1), I wish to address some of the issues raised.

The dismissal of the implications of these studies by RTé's Group Head of Irish Language is unjustified.

Mr Mac Con Iomaire declines to extend the courtesy to the authors, and indeed to the public, to name the studies - 'Update of the Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht: 2006-2011' and 'Analysis of Bilingual Competence: Language Acquisition Among Young People in the Gaeltacht' - so as to clarify what he is actually talking about and to afford the public the opportunity to read the reports and see if his arguments are valid.

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