Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Angus MacNeil

…de Pàrtaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba:

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil has hit out at "crackpot bureaucracy" after being contacted by a constituent who had a job offer withdrawn at the last moment when European Commission officials realised she spoke Scottish Gaelic rather than Irish Gaelic - despite not needing either language for the job.Mr MacNeil’s constituent, Anne-Margaret Stewart, was offered a traineeship as fisheries socio-economist with the European Commission Research Centre after demonstrating she could speak two languages, but was contacted just weeks before her start date when HR officials realised she was Scottish and not Irish.

The job offer was withdrawn – despite the fact that the post only required communication in English….

…"I will be in touch with my SNP colleagues in the European Parliament and the European and Irish authorities to see if there is a way through the current impasse that would help Ms Stewart take up the post she is eminently qualified for."

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