Ionsaí rialtas eile ar Gaeilge – Peadar Tóibín TD

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Dúirt an Teachta Peadar Tóibín go raibh an cinneadh chun fáil réidh leis an riachtanas Gaeilge dóibh siúd atá ag lorg post sinsearach i leabharlanna poiblí an-díomách ar fad. Dúirt an Teachta Tóibín gurb é seo an dara h-ionsaí ar sheirbhísí leabharlanna le cúpla mí anuas le teacht isteach na scéime ‘leabharlanna gan foirne’.

Dúirt an Teachta Tóibín:  “Ba mhór an díomá a chloisteáil go raibh an riachtanas Gaeilge le baint agus leabharlannaithe sinsearacha nua á fhostú. Céim siar mhór atá ann – seo an riachtanas deireanach a bhí ann maidir le fostóirí dhátheangacha a earcú sa státchóras.  Is laghdú eile é ar na seirbhísí do Ghaeilgeoirí agus lucht foghlamtha Gaeilge mórthimpeall na tíre.

Peadar Tóibín TD
Peadar Tóibín TD

“In an-chuid ceantar sa tír is iad na leabharlannaithe sinsearaigh a ghlacann cúramaí an Oifigigh Gaeilge chucu féin sna comhairlí. Ní ról lán-aimseartha é i gceantair áirithe. Míníonn na rialacha nua a tháinig isteach, go bhfuil an baol ann nach mbeidh comhairlí in ann a gcuid dualgaisí Gaeilge a chomhlíonadh mar is cóir, toisc nach mbeidh siad in ann teacht ar na hoifigigh páirtaimseartha seo.

“Leanann na rialacha seo an scéim nua atá curtha chun cinn ag an rialtas le ‘leabharlanna gan foirne’ a chur ar fáil. Díoltar dúinn é mar rud forásach – ach i ndáiríre caitheann sé anuas ar ról tábhachtach leabharlannaithe mar gheatóirí eolais agus mar chuiditheoirí léinn.

“Feictear dúinn anois go bhfuil gach seans ann nach mbeidh duine cuí i bhfeighil ar na leabharlanna le linn an deireadh seachtain, nó duine ar bith ar fáil agus Gaeilge acu i rith na seachtaine.  Seo buille eile don Ghaeilge agus do sheirbhísí poiblí.

“Tá ról lárnach ag leabharlanna i saol an phobail – ní áit iad le leabhair a sholáthar amháin – ach spás poiblí inar féidir leachtanna agus taispeántais a chur ar fáil agus eolas a roinnt. Níl aon amhras ach go gcuirfidh cinneadh chun fáil réidh leis an riachtanas Gaeilge bac ar an Straitéis 20 Bliain a bhaint amach.

“Táimid buartha freisin maidir le leabharlanna Gaeltachta agus na dualgais teanga seo bainte ó na leabharlannaithe nua-earcaithe. Táim ag impí ar an Aire an cinneadh seo a chúlú láithreach.”

 

Another attack on the Irish language by the government – Peadar Tóibín TD

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD has said that the decision to get rid of the Irish language requirement for senior librarians was very disappointing indeed. Teachta Tóibín said that this was the second attack on library services in the past few months following on from the introduction of ‘staffless libraries’.

An Teachta Tóibín said: “I was very disappointed to hear that the Irish language requirement for senior librarians was being removed. This is a big step backwards – this was the last Irish language provision in the recruitment of employees in the state system. It marks a deterioration in the services for Irish speakers and Irish language learners throughout the country.

“In many districts in this state, it is senior librarians that accept the responsibilities of Irish Language Officer in their council. Regrettably, this is not a full time role in certain parts of the country. There is now a danger that councils will not be able to adequately fulfil their duties with the introduction of these new rules, as they will not be able to find suitable part-time officers.

“These rules follow-on from the ‘staffless libraries’ scheme as recently introduced by the government. This has been sold to us as a progressive measure – but in reality it diminishes the importance of the librarian’s role as gatekeeper of knowledge and enabler of learning.

“It appears that there is every chance now that there won’t be an appropriate person in charge of libraries during the weekends – and no-one with Irish available during the week. This is another knock for Irish and for public services.

“Libraries have a central role in civic life – they do not exist for the provision of books alone – but they act a public space in which lectures are given, exhibitions displayed, and information shared. There is no doubt but that the decision to get rid of this Irish language requirement will hinder the ability to achieve the aims of the ’20 Year Strategy.

“We are also concerned about libraries in the Gaeltacht as to whether Irish language requirements have been removed from the recruitment of librarians. I’m asking the Minister to reverse his decision with immediate effect.” CRÍOCH

 

Cannabis for Medicinal use Bill addresses health matters of utmost importance – Jonathan O’Brien

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Drugs Jonathan O’Brien TD has tonight outlined the party’s support for passage of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 to Committee Stage, where it will table appropriate amendments.

Jonathan O'Brien TD. (Picture: Eddie O'Hare, Cork)
Jonathan O’Brien TD. (Picture: Eddie O’Hare, Cork)

The Cork North Central TD strongly emphasised that the issues addressed by the Bill where matters of health and that he welcomed the Bill as “important initiative in the development of healthcare in Ireland.”

Speaking in the Dáil this evening this evening, Deputy O’Brien said: “We need to be clear that this is a health matter.

“Research has indicated that introducing medicinal cannabis legally does not have any crime exacerbating effect. The research findings run counter to arguments suggesting the legalisation of cannabis products for medical purposes poses a danger to public health in terms of exposure to violent crime and property crimes.

“It is Sinn Fein’s view that every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

“In the past, myself and other Sinn Fein TDs called for Sativex spray and CBD oil to made available to persons suffering with conditions such as MS and Dravet’s Syndrome.

“We need to move towards an evidence-based model of depenalisation of drugs founded on international best practice, so that vulnerable drug users can access the supports they need, but also that persons who have specific medical conditions can access cannabis based medicines when they need them.

“It is bad enough to witness the pain of a loved one with a chronic debilitating illness where there is no prospect of recovery, but simply the vista of watching their condition slowly deteriorate until death – but to have to try and ease their pain under the threat of prosecution for providing them with a product that might ease their suffering is another thing altogether.

“Some parents are placed in a terrible position when their children have severe illnesses and conditions and they know that cannabis based products would ease their suffering, and yet they cannot access them, or if they access them, they are breaking the law to do so. That is not right.

“While we disagree with the mechanism that the People Before Profit Deputies envisage for the regulation of these medicines, we will support this Bill to proceed to Committee Stage where we will table appropriate amendments. It is our view that these products should be regulated by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (which has taken over from the Irish Medicines Board) like any other medicine that exists.

“However, the important thing is that whatever structure in place, there must be meaningful access to it. It must not be introduced and then effectively banned through a series of insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles.

“It is an important initiative in the development of healthcare in Ireland and I welcome the opportunity to vote in favour of the Bill.”