IRISH language campaigners in Donegal are upset after being snubbed by Fine Gael in a row over the party’s policy on the language.
And Guth na Gaeltachta says it will urge all Irish speakers to boycott Fine Gael in this month’s election unless they reverse policies which include making Irish optional in our schools.
The organisation warned that the implementation of current Fine Gael policy would be ‘worst blow to Irish since the foundation of the State.’
The campaign group has been pointing out that Fine Gael has yet to even answer their letter of concern.
Eamonn Mc Niallais from Guth na Gaeltachta in Gaoth Dobhair told the Irish language newspaper Foinse yesterday that:
* If Fine Gael remove Irish as compulsory subject it will be the biggest hit to language since the founding of the state
* It would devastate the Coláistí Smahraidh and Gaeltacht regions like Gaoth Dobhair, and would be a huge step backwards
* If there isn’t a commitment to keep Irish as a compulsory subject, the groups will campaign against Fine Gael in the election.
Donegaldaily.com has learned that Donegal SW deputy Dinny McGinley has urged Enda Kenny to change the policy.