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Lord Mayor launches Cork City Council's Irish Language Scheme 2007-2010

Irish Language Scheme

Pictured at the launch of Cork City Council’s Scéim Teanga 2007-2010 were (L-R)Tim Healy , Head of Finance, Cork City Council, Cllr. Michael Ahern, former Lord Mayor of Cork, Denis O' Mahony, Director of Services, Corporate Affairs, Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan, Jim O Donovan, Director of Services, Community and Enterprise and Chris Dorgan, Communications and Irish Officer, Cork CityCouncil                                                                

At a launch event held on  Monday 10th December 2007 at 3.00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Donal Counihan launched Cork City Council’s Irish Language Scheme 2007-2010, a three year plan outlining the City Council’s commitments across specified directorates and departments for the provision of services from the Council through the medium of Irish.

The Lord Mayor paid tribute to the employees of the City Council, individuals and Irish Language representative organisations for their input into the Scheme:

“This document is the result of a long period of consultation and agreement between the Office of the Minister for Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Directors and Heads of Service of the Council, employees of the Council and you, members of the public including bodies with a specific interest and input to furthering the use of the language in everyday life”

The Lord Mayor paid tribute to the Council’s long-standing commitment to the use of Irish in City Council operations and to specific commitments under this three year plan:

“Long before the Official Languages Act of 2003 gave an equal and opposite obligation to public bodies to a citizen’s right to transact business with public bodies through the first language, Cork City Council, through its earlier Plean Gníiomhaíochta don Ghaeilge had worked towards providing an avenue for those who wished to transact business with us through our first language” He concluded:

“This document is a roadmap for the next three years as to how we intend to upgrade, improve or in some cases initiate new services through the medium of Irish in specified directorates and departments of the Council. We have also committed to increasing the use of Irish in the conduct of Council meetings to underline this. We will review progress towards our set objectives during the scheme with a view to setting even more ambitious targets for the future.”

Printed and cd copies of Cork City Council’s Irish Language Scheme 2007-2010 / Scéim Teanga Chomhairle Cathrach Chorcaí 2007-2010 are available from Oifigeach Ghaeilge at City Hall ,Cork and on Cork City Council’s Website www.corkcity.ie under Publications.

Further information is available from:

Chris Dorgan, Communications and Irish Officer, Cork City Council

Tel: 021- 4924676   E-mail: chris-dorgan@corkcity.ie

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Chris Dorgan

, Communications and Irish Officer, Cork City Council addressing the attendees at the launch of Cork City Council’s Scéim Teanga 2007-2010 with Lord Mayor Cllr Donal Counihan (seated) .In attendance were Colm Ó Laoghóg, representative of the Minister for Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamon Ó Cuiv, local Irish language support organisations and senior staff of Cork City Council

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