Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Gay Mitchell

…de Fine Gael:

Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Gay Mitchell, has proposed that all public showings of films during the St Patrick's Festival should be subtitled in Irish and has sought meetings with studio representatives in Ireland on the subject.

"In Brussels it is the norm that films shown publicly in cinemas are subtitled, often in more than one language. This can happen at the theatre also. I attended a Gate Theatre tour production of a Beckett play in Brussels last year which had subtitle screens discreetly placed on either side of the stage."It is time to try this in Ireland.

I have asked for a meeting with the studio representatives in Ireland (Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Sony, Disney and Warner Bros) to propose that they introduce this, in the first instance on a trial basis, for all public showing of films for the coming St Patrick's festival week. Most of us have some Irish but lose the little we have because we cannot use it daily. Here is an opportunity to help those of us whose Irish is weak to start to build on what we have locked away from our school days.

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