‘Taoiseach should control Irish plans’ – O’Shea
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Labour Party Spokesperson on Gaeltacht Affairs, Brian O’Shea, TD, believes that the Taoiseach should take control of Irish-language affairs. In a statement, O’Shea says that the position of Taoiseach is the one best suited to co-ordinating and implementing the State’s Irish policy across all government departments as well as local authorities, state agencies and voluntary bodies.
He argues that the proposed 20-year language strategy “must be backed up by an implementation programme with specific year-by-year targets, and that there should be full accountability to the Oireachtas in this regard”. To that end, the Taoiseach should take questions at Oral Questions or through Written Questions to best ensure the strategy’s implementation. O’Shea also wants an annual debate on Irish at the beginning of the January Oireachtas session to approve, amend or add to the strategy.