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Céad míle fáilte for Council Irish officer

May 31, 2013

FERMANAGH District Council is seeking to employ a dedicated Irish language officer whose role would include promoting the Irish language both within the Council and the wider community.

The Sinn Fein proposal, which was discussed at last week’s Policy and Resources meeting, will be debated at next Monday night’s full Council meeting. The Impartial Reporter understands that Dr. John Kremer from Queen’s University met with councillors last week and outlined to them what an Irish language officer would be expected to do if employed by the Council and reminded them to be aware of current equality legislation.

It’s understood that immediately after the presentation the councillors had to make a decision. Following a proposal by Sinn Fein, the councillors agreed to submit an application for funding to an outside body to recruit an Irish language officer. If successful in their bid, Fermanagh District Council will join other councils, such as Dungannon and Derry Council in employing a dedicated Irish language officer.

At Derry Council, the Irish language officer’s job includes offering a complete range of Irish language services, such as the management of feedback, enquiries, comments, compliments and complaints via written correspondence, telephone and electronic communications and in person, provision of translation services, provision of corporate documentation, forms, leaflets and publications and the provision of media engagement services.

The role at Derry Council also includes facilitating the use and promotion of the language.

Asked about the Council seeking to employ an Irish Language Officer, no decision has been taken, said Fermanagh District Council Chief Executive, Mr. Brendan Hegarty.


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