More EU law will now be in Irish
23 Nollaig 2015
The European Council is to gradualy increase the amount of EU legislation that will be available in the Irish language.
It has agreed to introduce a new regulation that sets out an incremental increase in the categories of EU Legislation that must be translated into Irish. Iris is a full official language of the European Union and the first national language of Ireland. EU legislation must be made available in all official languages. However since Irish achieved this status in 2007, the Government has maintained a derogation, meaning that the European institutions do not need to fulfil this obligation.
Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ní Riada welcomed the agreement by the European Council but cautioned that "this small step forward" should not let the Government off the hook. Speaking in Strasboutg she said; "Cuirim fáilte roimh an céim bheag chun tosaigh seo, ach ní cheart parieacht ghradaim don Ghaeilge a chur ar an méar fhada. Ní mór an lamháltas ón gComhairle a leanúint le níos mó gníomhaíocht chun comhionannas iolán a bhaint amach dár gcéad teanga náisiúnta."