Seo an litir ó Aonghus a fhoilsíodh inné sa Sunday Independent mar fhreagra ar m’alt an tseachtain seo chaite. Níl an litir ar fáil ar eagrán idirlín an Indo ar chúis éigean ach ós rud é gur cheannaigh mé an nuachtán, tá sé feicthe agam ar leathnach na litreacha. Tá saghas tuairim agam nach gceannódh lucht leanta iGaeilge an nuachtán sin ach nár mhiste leo a fháil amach nuair a fhoilsítear alt nó litir ann faoin nGaeilge.
Litir stuama é mar a bheithfeá ag súil leis ó Aonghus – ar ndóigh ní aontaím leis cé go dtuigim an argóínt.
Seo chugaibh é…..
I am one of those who disagree with Concubhar Ó Liatháin’s analysis of
the purpose and success of the Official Languages Act. (Sunday
Independent 1 Nov)
There is a perfectly simple reason why the Act is full of details
about a bureaucracy. The purpose of the Act is to make the states
bureaucracies take Irish speakers into account, in a planned,
consistent and sensible fashion.
The compulsory English imposed by the State’s various arms on the
people of the Gaeltacht has been a major factor in the decline of
Irish in the Gaeltacht, and a significant factor in reducing the range
of places Irish is spoken outside the Gaeltacht.
The documents it requires translated are those used by the
bureaucracies to communicate with the public. That these can be
improved, and produced and distributed more cost effectively is true,
but not the purpose of the Act. To allow the bureaucracy to continue
to ignore Irish speakers in these documents – which the organs of the
State consider to be important – would be to signal that Irish
speakers need not be considered.
It should also be noted that it is not resources which would be
available for Irish language projects that are spent on these
Like every other legal measure, the cost of these measures are met
from the administrative budgets of public bodies, which received no
additional funding when the Act became law. And costs related to the
full range of the Act – not just the small number of translated
documents – consume less than a few percent of the administrative
budget, which itself is a small fraction of the actual budget of the
Nobody ever claimed that the Act would improve matters overnight – it
takes time to change attitudes and to undo the damage done by years of
But the act is improving matters, and where it is put into effect
properly, has led to a jump in the amount of business conducted
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