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    Recently I asked an opposition party spokesperson to put down a question to Minister Éamon Ó Cuív asking him when he plans to implement the section of the Official Languages Act that deals with road signage.

    Under the section of the act it is envisaged that all future road signage with have comhstádas/equal status to Irish and English.

    Currently as you all probably know Irish is in an inferior smaller position on most of our road signage sending out the message that the Government is not serious about the language.

    According to Éamon Ó Cuív- from the legal advice he has received- this section of the act cannot be implemented.

    Surely changing the Department of Transport road signage guidelines would be a simple straightforward matter for Noel Dempsey- an Irish speaker?

    Perhaps IBEC do not agree with implementing this section of the act? Either way could FF/GP/PD members on this site tell me if they are going to do anything within their parties to try to get this section of the act implemented?

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    To be honest the Department of Transport's first priority with regard to road signage is the imminent wastage of large amounts of money on green gantry signs being erected on all the new High Quality Dual Carriageways being constructed as part of the Major Interurban Routeways project, which have not yet been redesignated 'motorway'.

    If green signage is erected - as has happened in a number of locations - and then the HQDCs are redesignated motorway - and this will happen - then local authorities will have to replace the green signage with blue signage. This will be a costly and futile exercise, and it will in no small measure be the fault of the tiny number if nimbys and oddball contrarians who wish to deprive this nation of a motorway network.

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    In case anyone does not know it is not proposed to replace all our current signage with signage that has comhstádas. Only future road signage and signs that misspell placenames is envisaged.

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    Hardly the burning issue of our times. From a safety point of view, it would make more sense to do away with Irish on road signs altogether - having two languages just adds clutter to the signage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel CNC
    Hardly the burning issue of our times. From a safety point of view, it would make more sense to do away with Irish on road signs altogether - having two languages just adds clutter to the signage.
    There are no safety problems in Wales and Canda although English is still by far the most popular languages there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Mac an Phríora
    In case anyone does not know it is not proposed to replace all our current signage with signage that has comhstádas. Only future road signage and signs that misspell placenames is envisaged.
    I barely care enough to log on to point out that, with the economy predicted to go into recession for the first time since the eighties, this is really the kind of shite we could do without.

    Any chance of just leaving your hobby at home instead of inflicting it on the political system?
    However, banks know they have a duty of care to their clients and I'm sure that this should prevent them lending irresponsibly.

    George Lee 2 June 2006

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuhart
    Any chance of just leaving your hobby at home instead of inflicting it on the political system?
    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Mac an Phríora
    Quote Originally Posted by Schuhart
    Any chance of just leaving your hobby at home instead of inflicting it on the political system?
    No.
    I was afraid of that. Shite, it'll be a long recession. By the time we come out of it, Sub Saharan Africa will have caught up with us.

    Oh, and Save the Valentia Island Radio Station, and any other load of old bollocks.
    However, banks know they have a duty of care to their clients and I'm sure that this should prevent them lending irresponsibly.

    George Lee 2 June 2006

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    There are so few people in this country who speak Irish Gaelic and not English that there should be nothing only English on our road signs except in the Gaelteacht areas. Road sign have a purpose. They are not linguistic totem polls.
    Thank you for the six thousand likes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Mac an Phríora
    In case anyone does not know it is not proposed to replace all our current signage with signage that has comhstádas. Only future road signage and signs that misspell placenames is envisaged.
    seen as irish is only spoken by a few people in rural areas of cork/kerry/galway/donegal the signs in those areas should be bilingual but this talibani shite of enforcing an ill thought out pice of legislation (dreamt of by devalers grandson when we were at the height of the tiger) does nothing for promoting 'our' national language

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