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More speak Irish in the North than speak Chinese

category national | miscellaneous | other press author Saturday March 31, 2007 17:42author by Ciarán Barnes - ATN Report this post to the editors

The unionist myth that more people in the North of Ireland speak Chinese than Irish has been shattered in the House of Lords.

Statistics released at Westminster last week clearly show that the North's Irish speaking population is eight times that of the Chinese speaking population.

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More speak Irish in the North than speak Chinese
By Ciarán Barnes

The unionist myth that more people in the North of Ireland speak Chinese than Irish has been shattered in the House of Lords.

Statistics released at Westminster last week clearly show that the North's Irish speaking population is eight times that of the Chinese speaking population.

Responding to a parliamentary question by Ulster Unionist peer John Taylor, Labour peer John Rooker revealed there are just 8,000 Chinese speakers in the North.

This compares to the 75,000 people who, in the 2001 census, said they "speak, read, write and understand Irish", and the 167,000 people who said they "had some knowledge of Irish".

Janet Muller, Chief Executive of the Irish language umbrella group Pobal, said the statistics are another reason why Irish language legislation should be passed through Westminster.

"All languages deserve respect, and all language communities should have access to services," she said.

"The circumstances of the Irish language are unique however because it is an indigenous language with a large community of speakers, a 2000 year history and a body of literature."

Confirmation of the Irish/Chinese speaking ratios come at a key time for the future of the Irish language in the North.

If the Assembly reconvenes on May 8 one of its first big decisions will be whether to implement an Irish Language Act.

Under proposals by the Department of Culture the language would be given a recognised status.

The Department has proposed the appointment of an Irish language Commissioner and the establishment of language schemes for public bodies.

It is also being suggested that Irish could be used in court proceedings and official documents could be printed in the language.

Nationalists have long campaigned for the legislation along with Irish speakers.

However, unionists have vowed to oppose it in any form.

The DUP's Nelson McCausland has questioned the wisdom of spending more cash on implementing an Irish Language Act when the British government already spends £18 million annually on Irish.

He also described proposals contained in the act as "heavy handed".

author by Tomaí Ó Conghaile - Lápublication date Sat Mar 31, 2007 17:47Report this post to the editors


Sean-mhiotas teanga curtha ó mhaith
Tomaí Ó Conghaile

Tá an tsean-argóint a áitíonn go bhfuil níos mó daoine sna sé chontae a bhfuil teanga de chuid na Síne acu ná mar a labhraíonn Gaeilge scriosta ag Teacht na dTiarnaí i Londain.

Léiríonn staitisicí a eisíodh in Westminster an tseachtain seo caite go bhfuil pobal na Gaeilge sa tuaisceart a hocht oiread níos mó ná pobal na dteangacha Síneacha.

Agus é ag tabhairt freagra ar cheist pharlaiminte a chuir an Tiarna Aontachtach, John Taylor (ar dheis), thug John Rooker ó Pháirtí an Lucht Oibre le fios nach bhfuil ann ach 8,000 duine ina gcónaí sna sé chontae a bhfuil teanga Shíneach acu.

Is beag an líon é seo nuair a chuirtear i gcomparáid é leis an 75,000 duine a thug le fios i nDaonáireamh 2001 go bhfuil Gaeilge acu agus an 167,000 ar an iomlán a raibh eolas de chineál éigin acu ar an teanga dhúchais.

Dúirt Janet Muller, Príomhfheidhmeannach POBAL, gur léiriú maith iad na staitisicí ar na cúiseanna a bhfuil Acht Gaeilge de dhíth sa tuaisceart.

“Tá meas tuillte ag gach teanga agus ba cheart go mbeadh gach cuid den phobal in ann teacht ar sheirbhísí ina dteanga féin,” arsa sí.

“Is cás faoi leith í an Ghaeilge áfach mar is teanga dhúchais na háite seo í a bhfuil líon mór cainteoirí aici.”

Tagann na figiúirí seo chun solais ag am tábhachtach don Ghaeilge sa stát tuaisceartach agus feachtas ar siúl chun Acht a bhaint amach a thabharfadh breis stádais don teanga. Tá polaiteoirí Aontachtacha go mór i gcoinne an mholta áfach, é ráite cheana féin ag an DUP go gcuirfidh siad in éadan na reachtaíochta.

author by Duinepublication date Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:25Report this post to the editors

Athrófar an port anois go: Labhrann níos mó daoine i dTuaisceart na hÉireann Polainnis ná Gaeilge.
Is cuma

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