Sunday 17 December 2017

Taoiseach wants to encourage 'Gaeilge a úsáid sa ghnáthshaol'

New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

As a bilingual Irish person myself, it was heartening to hear our new Taoiseach expressing his own personal commitment to Irish in his inaugural address. This went far beyond the usual cúpla focal.

Despite the prominence accorded to it, however, there was no reference to this aspect of his speech in your extensive coverage (Irish Independent, June 15). Readers could remain blissfully unaware of the importance of this subject to our new Taoiseach, which would be a pity.

For the record, the following is the concluding part of what Leo Varadkar had to say on this subject: "Is é 'Taoiseach' an teideal atá againn ar Phríomh-Aire na hÉireann. Is téarma Gaeilge é, agus is ceart agus is cóir sin. Léiríonn sé ómós dár stair, dár gcultúr agus dár n-oidhreacht. Fiú nach bhfuil mo chuid Gaeilge féin chomh líofa agus gur mhaith liom go mbeadh sé, tá an-chion agam ar ár dteanga dúchais. Le blianta anuas, tá sár-iarracht déanta agam feabhas a chur ar mo chuid Gaeilge. Mar Thaoiseach, beidh sé ar intinn agam níos mó gnó agus níos mó díospóireachta a dhéanamh trí Gaeilge le mo chomh-Theachtaí Dála. B'fhéidir nach mbeidh mé i gcónaí chomh tapa nó chomh líofa agus gur mhaith liom a bheith, ach ceapaim gurb é an rud is tábhachtaí ná iarracht a dhéanamh. Sa chaoi seo, tá súil agam go spreagfaidh mé níos mó daoine an Gaeilge a úsáid sa ghnáthshaol."

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