The Government’s decision to axe Gaeltacht and Irish Language Scholarships is a disgrace and will damage efforts to promote our national language, according to Donegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.
Senator Ó Domhnaill raised a motion in Seanad Éireann this week calling on the Government to reverse these damaging cuts, announced in Budget 2012 and to reinstate the DEIS status of Pobal Scoil Gaoth Dobhair and PCC Falcarragh. He said: “I consider these cuts an attack on the Irish language,” and said it would be a disgrace to remove them on the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising.”
He noted that students at Pobal Scoil Gaoth Dobhair and PCC Falcarragh will no longer be eligible to apply as they are no longer DEIS designated. “It is incredible to think that almost all the primary schools feeding into both of these secondary schools have DEIS status but this is not retained at secondary level. There appears to be no consistency in supports here,” he concluded.