Wednesday 18 January 2017

Please show respect for our language

Published 27/01/2011 | 05:00

AS a constituent of Nessa Childers, I was shocked to read in your paper that our MEP has, it seems, nothing better to do than question the use of Irish in the EU institutions.

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Irish is just one of the 25 languages that enjoy a level of official recognition in the EU. Our partners in Brussels have no problem with this, and readily see why Irish people would value the recognition afforded to their language as an important part of their cultural inheritance.

It's the same reason why Ms Childers's party colleague and chairman of the Labour Party went to such trouble to set up TG4. Her party leader Eamon Gilmore, a fluent Irish speaker, has always been very supportive of the language.

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