Oireachtas Committee hears passion of Muskerry Gaeltacht Community on visit this week

Members of Coiste na Gaeilge visiting Spraoi na Laoi Naíonra in Béal Atha'n Gaorthaidh (L-R): Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, Senator Joe O'Reilly, Eugene Ó Cruadhlaoich, Senator Ronan Mullins, Aindrias Moynihan TD, Catherine Connelly TD, Séan Óg Ó Ceilleachair, Caítríona Ní Cheilleachair, Éamon Ó Cúív, Cllr. Gobnait Moynihan

Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said this week’s visit of the Oireachtas Irish Language, Gaeltacht and Island Committee was a positive step in ensuring that the voices and opinions of the people of the Muskerry Gaeltacht are heard by national decision makers.

Deputy Moynihan who is a member of the Committee had invited the members to visit the Musketry Gaeltacht to give them a flavour of the local mood on the ground.

“As a local resident, it was fantastic to have the Committee visit our community and to see the progress that has been made in the area over the past number of years.

“There are challenges in the Gaeltacht community, of course, but there is a strength and a resilience to keep the community and the language going.

“The Committee members visited a large number of facilities in the community, and were very impressed with the Ionad Cultúrtha.

“Many local residents took the opportunity to meet with the Committee to raise concerns they have with the implementation of a number of Government schemes and policies such as the Rural Social Scheme, the Irish Language Plan, and the Gaeltacht Schools’ Plan.

“The big positive of this visit is that following their consultations, the Committee will now write a report based on their visit and on the responses from the local community which will go before the Dáil and Seanad.

“This report can, and will, act as a tool to hold the Government to account in terms of resources and supports for the Muskerry Gaeltacht.

“The near 4000 people living in the Muskerry Gaeltacht care passionately about their community and their language. I think the Oireachtas Committee heard that passion on their visit this week,” concluded Moynihan.