‘Show me the money’ – O’Shea
Pól Ó Muirí
Labour Party spokesman on the Gaeltacht and Irish language, Brian O’Shea, is the main story in today’s Tuarascáil. He has proposed a complete review of expenditure on the Irish language. He reckons that over half a billion euro is being spent on Irish-language projects but cannot get an accurate figure. O’Shea argues that a full review of all Irish-language work is necessary if the Government’s planned 20-year language strategy is to be successful.
O’Shea says: “If we are to deliver on the objectives of the strategy, we really need to know where we are and what our starting point is. There is no clarity as to how much money from the public purse is actually channelled to Irish language related projects and programmes, but I have no doubt that the sum is well in excess of half a billion.
“It is not unreasonable to ask precisely what that money is being spent on, and whether the taxpayer is getting value for money. We need to establish what programmes are in receipt of public money; what their objectives are; the extent to which those objectives are being met, and whether their objectives are in line with those of the 20 Year Strategy.”