18/01/2019

EA Decision To Drop Irish Deemed 'Unacceptable' By Sinn Fein

A decision by the Education Authority (EA) to drop Irish Language translations from its branding has been slammed by Sinn Fein.

The move was initially linked to the change in education ministers when the DUP's Peter Weir took over from Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd, however the EA later confirmed to the Committee on the Administration of Justice that the decision was taken by its chief executive Gavin Boyd to match Department of Education practice at the time.

Sinn Fein MLA Karen Mullan has urged the EA to overturn the decision and reinstate the Irish language translation back onto its logo.

The Foyle MLA said removing it is "unacceptable and falls short of its own equality scheme for changing policy".
News Image
"Following my challenge to the EA's claim that the change was the result of a Ministerial direction the EA was forced to admit that this was not the case but rather an arbitrary decision by the Chief Executive.

"The education system must be inclusive for everyone in our society, including those who wish to be educated through the medium of Irish.

"Government departments also have a duty to promote the Irish language and that includes the use of bilingual logos and Irish on official documentation.

"This type of decision brings into sharp focus the need for Acht Gaeilge to provide legal protections to the Irish language.

"It is now imperative that the EA take the necessary steps to rectify this. 

"I will continue to press the case until there is a reversion to the direction set by John O'Dowd when he was Education Minister." 



(JG/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

18 December 2002
Sinn Fein confident of rise in Irish speakers
Speaking ahead of the publication of the 2001 Northern Ireland census, Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has said that he expects the census to show a big rise in the use of the Irish language. The results from the long-anticipated population count are expected to be published tomorrow.
04 April 2019
Concern For Jobs As Moy Park Temporarily Close Ballymena Factory
Up to 400 jobs may be in jeopardy at Moy Park in Ballymena as the company has temporarily halted one of its production lines. Although the poultry firm said no roles will be compromised, the union Unite has reported fears among staff that the decision to cease processing live birds will be made permanent.
10 October 2011
Robinson Welcomes Homecoming Troops
There have been double celebrations over the weekend as hundreds lined the streets to honour soldiers who have just returned from a difficult tour of duty in Afghanistan.
07 October 2011
Alert Fails To Halt Combat Soldiers' Welcome
Military personnel from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment are in Northern Ireland for a number of key events this weekend with a parade and display taking place this afternoon.
30 September 2011
RIR And Irish Guards Win Gallantry Awards
Soldiers on route to Northern Ireland for a series of public engagements this week are among the 25 men from the Irish Guards and Royal Irish Regiment who have just been awarded honours for bravery.