17 Dec 2018, 12.24

The Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands will meet with Tusla tomorrow to discuss how the agency is making Irish language services available and providing bilingual services.

In the second session of the meeting, Tusla will brief the Committee on the inspection of Early Years Education and Childcare Centres in the Gaeltacht.

“The purpose of this meeting is to engage with Tusla on its commitment to fulfilling its duties under the Official Languages Act in order to uphold the language rights of service users,” said Committee Chair, Catherine Connolly TD.

“The Joint Committee is interested to hear that the Tusla inspectors who interact with the Early Years Education and Childcare Centres in the Gaeltacht do so in Irish and that all services provided to the Centre by Tusla are in Irish, the first language of these centres and of the children who attend them.”

“The Committee notes that the absence of a dedicated Tusla owned or commissioned Irish language service leads to inconsistencies in how Irish language services are delivered. We will question the agency on how they aim to ensure best practice in Irish communications and develop bilingual content and greater consistency in the provision of Irish language services.”

The meeting will start at 4pm in Committee Room 4, Leinster House.

Committee proceedings can be viewed live here

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