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Man arrested for speaking Irish

Man arrested for speaking Irish

Details of a man who was arrested for attempting to speak to Gardaí through Irish were published today in the Annual Report of An Coimisinéir Teanga.

The case concerned a young man who was stopped by Gardaí in relation to a road traffic matter, who was arrested, handcuffed and brought to a Garda Station until a Garda could be found who could deal with him through Irish. The man was not involved in an accident, nor were there any allegations made concerning speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol.

During the investigation undertaken by An Coimisinéir Teanga it came to light that there was an attitude among the members of An Garda Síochána involved in the case that Irish speakers should be dealt with in the same manner as foreign nationals despite the constitutional status of the Irish language.

An Coimisinéir Teanga found that An Garda Síochána had failed in this instance to comply with a statutory commitment which recognises the right of the public to conduct business with the force in either official language, English or Irish.

Having received the findings of the investigation the Garda Commissioner and senior management have informed An Coimisinéir Teanga explaining systematic changes which have been introduced to avoid repetition of a similar event.

Speaking at the launch of his 2012 Annual Report, An Coimisinéir Teanga, Seán Ó Cuirreáin said developments have been made within An Garda Síochána in this area which involve “promoting language awareness and training as well as the development of new practices and protocol”.
Other findings noted in An Coimisinéir Teanga’s Annual Report are detailed in the following article: “Ní sárbhliain a bhí in 2012” – Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Choimisinéara Teanga


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