Ó Muirí impressed with council promotion of Irish
Sinn Féin councillor Barra Ó Muirí met recently with Newry & Mourne District Council’s Irish Language Officer, Ursula Mhic an tSaoir, in what he described as an ‘extremely useful engagement.’
Councillor Ó Muirí, who is chairperson of the council’s Irish Committee, said he was keen to find out how the council’s bilingual policy was performing and what priorities the Irish Department had made for the coming year.
“I was extremely impressed’, Barra said, “by the professionalism and commitment to Irish displayed by Ursula who, along with colleagues Treasa McEvoy and Micí Walsh go above and beyond the call of duty to promote An Ghaeilge within council departments.”
Ó Muirí continued, “Together we also used the opportunity to discuss the priority campaigns for the year ahead which include ensuring that all council documents, branding and website are bilingual, ensuring policies are bilingual, stipulating Irish as a desirable criteria on all council job advertisements, enabling bilingual street signage and supporting Gaelscoileanna, Naiscoileanna, Ógras and all Irish language groups within the district.
“There is a language revival occurring in our communities and I want to ensure that this energy and enthusiasm transfers to Newry and Mourne and Newry Mourne and Down Councils.
He added, “I will work with the Irish Department in the council to ensure that all those who wish to learn Irish are supported and that Irish has the prominence and priority which it deserves.”
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