Bill to guarantee Irish speakers’ rights set to become law

16/12/2021 13:05:00

Bill to guarantee Irish speakers’ rights set to become law

Bill to guarantee Irish speakers’ rights set to become law

One-fifth of new recruits to the civil service will have to be proficient in Irish from 2030

Legislation guaranteeing the linguistic rights of Irish speakers, including a requirement that obliges the State to correctly record names in Irish, has passed the final stage of the legislative process before becoming law.Image: Alamy Stock Photo Image: Alamy Stock Photo A NEW ROAD safety strategy is seeking to cut the number of deaths on Irish roads by 50% over the next ten years.Terms & Conditions 1.An anti-lockdown protest in Dublin in February Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.

Following extensive consultation and debate the Official Languages (Amendment) Bill passed through the Dáil on Wednesday, a week after passing its final stage in the Seanad, and some 10 years after it was first proposed.The Bill, which is an update to the Official Languages Act 2003, contains a series of provisions aimed at strengthening the rights of Irish speakers when interacting with the State.The 50% reduction would mean reducing deaths on Irish roads from 144 annually to 72 or lower, and reducing serious injuries from 1,259 annually to 630 or lower.The legislation is the latest attempt to address what campaigners say is a decades-long failure by the State to ensure equal rights and status for members of the Irish language community.A valid entry consists of a correct answer entered in the form above, accompanied by the entrant’s name, email address and a phone number.The most significant provision under the updated legislation will see an increase in the number of staff employed by public bodies who are proficient in Irish.New legislation to increase sanctions against people who drink or drug drive is also being planned.The legislation sets a date of December 31st, 2030, by which time at least 20 per cent of staff recruited to public bodies will be proficient in the first official language.According to ISD, groups pushing a range of conspiracy theories and misinformation in Ireland were relatively disconnected before the pandemic and their messages rarely made it beyond their own individual communities.

Another measure states services will be provided through Irish in the Gaeltacht, and although no deadlines have been mentioned for this measure it is intended public offices in Gaeltacht areas will operate through the medium of Irish.Safe cycling and walking is highlighted within the plan, with the Government previously announcing that 1,000km of new segregated walking and cycling paths would be built by 2025.No incomplete, illegible, or corrupted entries will be accepted.Spelling Irish names with letters featuring the síneadh fada have often appeared in State correspondence with badly corrupted spellings, or with an incorrect spelling where diacritical marks denoting pronunciation or meaning are omitted entirely.Online computer forms often reject the correct spelling of names and addresses, leaving citizens unable to register their details in the correct spelling.How we use our roads is changing.Under the new legislation, public bodies will be obliged by law to record the correct spelling of names and addresses, and will be required to ensure computer systems used in communications with the public are configured to accept the síneadh fada.The Promotion will run from 10/12/2021 to midnight on 05/01/2021 inclusive.Another measure will require that at least 20 per cent of any advertising placed by a public body in any year shall be in the Irish language, and at least 5 per cent shall be placed in Irish language media.” We must adjust our attitudes and behaviours to take account of the fact that no one form of transport takes primacy over another.A number of protests have taken place at the homes of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, while several figures have been filmed being accosted by Covid-sceptic individuals in recent months.

The names and logos of newly established statutory bodies will be in Irish and text that forms part of a logo of a statutory body will be in Irish or in both Irish and English.When text appears in both languages, the part of the text that is in Irish will appear before the part of the text that is in English and it will not be in a smaller font, or less prominent, visible or legible than the part that is in English.“The core of the strategy is not about words or numbers on a page, but about saving lives and preventing injuries.All competition entries received after the Closing Date are automatically disqualified.An advisory committee is to be established within six months after the passing of the act to oversee a new national plan for the provision of Irish language services.The committee will be tasked with advising public bodies on the provision of services through Irish, and will provide advice on the number and grade of staff who required to do so.“It is ambitious.The committee will also carry out a survey every five years on the level of competence in the Irish language of staff of public bodies.No entrant will win more than one prize.However, ISD’s Aoife Gallagher explained that anti-lockdown groups do not just appeal to those on the right of the political spectrum.

State record The Official Languages Act was signed into law in July 2003 after being introduced by the-then minister for community, rural and gaeltacht affairs Éamon Ó Cuív.“This strategy prioritises the safety of those who are most vulnerable, ensuring their right to travel the roads safely is protected.It set out the duties of government departments and other State agencies to provide public services through Irish, and was the first time that this was placed on a statutory footing.The act was largely welcomed by the Irish language community, but an absence of sanctions led to the widespread failure of State agencies to fully meet the provisions outlined in the legislation.A projected €3.8.In December 2013, the-then coimisinéir teanga (language commissioner) Seán Ó Cuirreáin, whose office was established as an ombudsman’s service to ensure compliance with the act, resigned over the failure by government to implement the legislation.The absence of staff with competence in both official languages across the civil service was cited by Mr Ó Cuirreáin as one of the main obstacles to the delivery of services in Irish.Under the first phase of the scheme, the Government is aiming to reduce the number of road deaths and serious accidents by 15%.TheJournal.

At the time, Mr Ó Cuirreáin said he believed the State was quickly moving towards a situation where the use of English would become compulsory for citizens wishing to interact with public bodies.Entries will become the property of the Promoter.A debate on reviewing the Official Languages Act had already begun at that stage, but the intervening years saw little improvement in the provision of public services in Irish.“Ireland has made significant progress over the lifetime of previous road safety strategies.Earlier this year, current Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill lodged a report with both Houses of the Oireachtas highlighting the failure of an Garda Síochána to satisfactorily address the low number of Irish-speaking gardaí stationed in the Gaeltacht.The force was found to be in breach of a statutory commitment made under the Official Languages Act, which requires members of the force stationed in Gaeltacht areas to have the necessary qualifications in Irish.“Reducing road deaths and serious injuries by 50% over the next decade is achievable.There will be three winners.A decision made this week at Cabinet to change the language requirements will see Irish dropped as an option for new recruits to the force.

Until 2005 those joining the Garda had to have some proficiency in Irish, and this week’s decision means a requirement for prospective recruits to be proficient in either one of the State’s two official languages, Irish or English, will now no longer apply.We can do it.What that will mean for the Official Languages Act and the provision of policing services to citizens in Irish-speaking Gaeltacht areas remains to be seen.11.Topics:.” Advertisement.

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