Written Answers - Irish Language.

Tuesday, 29 June 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 588 No. 2

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  411.  Mr. O’Dowd  Information on Fergus O'Dowd  Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd   asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs  Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív   the progress which has been made during Ireland’s EU Presidency in regard to having Irish recognised as an official EU language; if he expects that Irish will be recognised as an official EU language within the lifetime of the Government, in view of the fact that it is a commitment in the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19135/04]

  412.  Mr. Kenny  Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny   asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs  Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív   the progress which has been made during Ireland’s EU Presidency in regard to having Irish recognised as an official EU language; if he expects that Irish will be recognised as an official EU language within the lifetime of the Government, in view of the fact that it is a commitment in the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19136/04]

Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  I propose to take Questions Nos. 411 and 412 together.

[671]I refer the Deputies to the reply given to Priority Question No. 1 on 3 June 2004. As indicated in that reply, the working group set up by Government to examine this issue has now reported. The report is being examined by relevant Ministers and I expect the issue will be brought formally to Government in the near future.


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