Sunday 22 April 2018

Concubhar O Liathain: Gaeltacht needs helmsmen to steer through sea change

The Gaeltacht Bill deserves to be thoroughly debated in every detail, writes Concubhar O Liathain

Agardener-cum-Gaeltacht activist found out to his cost last week that freedom of expression is a devalued currency in this fair isle of ours.

Donal O Cnaimhsi from Gaoth Dobhair works in Glenveagh National Park, which comes under the auspices of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. He is also a prominent member of a group called Guth na Gaeltachta (The Voice of the Gaeltacht), a campaigning group which advocates for Gaeltacht rights.

His trenchant views demanding more time for debate on the new Gaeltacht Bill -- currently careering through the Oireachtas as if it were on speed -- which pointed out some flaws identified by the group in the Bill gave rise to some unexpected correspondence from a functionary in the department which he received when he returned from paternity leave after the birth of a new daughter.

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