Friday, 27 June 2008

Irlandlingvaj Signoj la Herald:

This issue may not be the sexiest in the country but currently the potential radical growth of the Irish language is under threat.

On most of our road signs, Irish holds a smaller, inferior position. Under the Official Languages Act (2003) it was envisaged that in the future both Irish and English would command the same prominence.

The inferior position that Irish commands on our road signs sends out the message that the Government is not serious about the language. Bluntly, the current position that Irish commands on most of our road signs smacks of tokenism.

This is an issue that I hope will focus the minds of Irish speakers and lovers of the language.
All that is needed is for the Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey -- himself an Irish speaker -- to change the current road signage guidlelines in his department.

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