The majority of people believe the Taoiseach was ‘wrong’ to appoint Joe McHugh as Minister for the Gaeltacht.
That’s the findings of a new poll by Irish online newspaper Tuairisc.ie.
The survey also found that three in every five people believe that the State should do more to promote the Irish language.
The same number of people believe that the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was wrong to appoint Joe McHugh as minister with responsibility for Gaeltacht and Irish language affairs.
According to a national opinion poll carried out by Millward Brown for the new Irish language online news service, 62% of of people believe that the State doesn’t do enough to promote the Irish language.
The feeling that the state should do more to promote Irish was was strongest among over 55-year-olds and those resident in Munster, Connacht and Ulster.
61% of those questioned disagreed with the Taoiseach’s appointment of someone who is not fluent in Irish to the Gaeltacht ministry, with those resident in Munster most likely to disagree with Enda Kenny’s decision.
Only 20% of participants felt that Enda Kenny was not mistaken in appointing Joe McHugh, while support for the Taoiseach’s decision was strongest in Dublin (31%).
The Tuairisc.ie/Millward Brown poll was conducted among a sample of adults representative of the approximate 3.43 million adults aged 18 and over. 1,004 adults were interviewed on a face-to-face basis in the home at 66 sampling points throughout the Republic of Ireland.
The margin of error for this opinion poll is +/- 3.1%. The interviews on the poll were carried out between 23rd September and the 3rd of October 2014.