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Interview with Seán Ó Cuirreáin – Irish Language Commissioner / An Coimisinéir Teanga
The Irish language, spoken in Ireland for nearly 2,000 years, is one of the oldest written languages in Europe which still survives as a living community language. As well as having official status in the Irish constitution, the Irish language is also recognised as an official language of the European Union.
Mr Ó Cuirreáin talks about his final address to the Irish Parliament and clarifies his statement “notwithstanding those within the State sector who support the language, there are stronger and more widespread forces in place that have little or no concern for the future of our national language”. He talks of “…. A large cohort of people within the state sector (mainly senior civil servants) for whom the language has no importance nor is it anywhere on their agenda.”
Mr Ó Cuirreáin tells Transceltic of his view of what the future holds for the Irish language and the actions needed to ensure its survival as a community language.
Read this fascinating and wide ranging interview on www.transceltic.com