‘Po­lit­i­cal help needed to pro­mote Ir­ish’

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

CONRADH na Gaeilge has re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of con­tact­ing po­lit­i­cal fig­ures in or­der to put in­vest­ment in Ir­ish and the Gaeltach­taí to the top of the agenda ahead of the Bud­get later this year.

Gaeltacht ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies, lan­guage plan­ning were also among the mat­ters dis­cussed last night in the Kil­lar­ney Heights Ho­tel at CnaG’s ac­tion fo­rum, which fea­tured con­tri­bu­tions from the likes of Uachtarán Niall Comer and Bain­is­teoir Chomharchu­mann Chorca Dhuib­hne Páidí Ó Sé.

The dis­cus­sion was one of three na­tion­wide last night, with meet­ings also in Done­gal and Galway. They arose from the author­ity’s re­cently-launched ‘An Comhrá Mór’ and col­lab­o­ra­tions with a body of Gaeltacht co-op­er­a­tives. “Th­ese dis­cus­sions are a step in turn­ing the pub­lic’s voice into mes­sages and ac­tions that would boost the Ir­ish lan­guage,” Dr Niall Comer said.

“Through a num­ber of ini­tia­tives like this one, we’re hop­ing to get the pub­lic to row in be­hind us by speak­ing to their lo­cal po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives and put­ting in­vest­ment in Ir­ish and the Gaeltachts to the fore­front of the agenda ahead of the bud­get.”

Sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments were ex­pressed by Bain­is­teoir Ab­hcóideachta Conradh na Gaeilge Peadar Mac Fh­lann­chadha, who has called on Ir­ish speak­ers and Gaeltacht peo­ple to seek in­vest­ment in the lan­guage through lob­by­ing politi­cians.

Conradh na Gaeilge has called on author­i­ties on both sides of the bor­der to sup­port its in­vest­ment plan for Ir­ish speak­ers and Gaeltacht peo­ple as a mat­ter of ur­gency, claim­ing it would cre­ate over 1,150 new jobs and a raft of op­por­tu­ni­ties to use Ir­ish na­tion­wide, as well as sup­port­ing lan­guage plan­ning pro­cesses al­ready un­der­way in Gaeltach­taí.

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