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Illiteracy shames us, in whatever language

THE Irish Language Commissioner, Sean O Cuirreain, has written to all 226 members of the Oireachtas appealing for more use of Irish in debates in both houses.

It is, as he points out, our first official language. And of course, the majority of our TDs and Senators would claim competence in speaking it. One of the exceptions is Michael Ring of Fine Gael, who admits his knowledge of Irish is extremely inadequate, although he has recently been appointed his party's spokesman for Gaeltacht Affairs.

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