Friday 9 December 2016

Cost of preserving Irish in the EU

Published 29/01/2011 | 05:00

IN response to John Glennon's letter 'Please show respect for our language' (Letters, 27/01/11), I have received several emails regarding my parliamentary question on Irish translation since last Monday, when the original letter on the subject was published.

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All of these have been respectful and cordial, with most simply seeking further information and clarity on the purpose of my question. None thought it necessary to raise the subject of the proficiency in Irish of my late father -- a man who dedicated his life to serving this country -- and nor do I feel it appropriate to do so.

In response, I noted that my question was just that, a question, designed to access information and nothing else. It is not unreasonable to ask what your money is being spent on and whether the taxpayer is getting value for money.

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