This newspaper revealed last week that Cork County Council has €68,000 to spend on producing an Irish-language version of the county’s development plan. It will be ready in September.
Previously, when local development plans were translated into municipal areas across the county, the county council provided €156,000 to translate these plans into Irish.
Is there a request among the Cork community for an Irish copy of this document? Are there readers for?
Only a few people read the English version of the plan – one can read the part of the plan or the area that relates to their area or area of interest but other than that, it’s not the same as the last version of Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin’s book Mother of Sally Rooney.
Even a smaller share will be interested in the Irish version. According to a document the council provided to An Coimisinéir Teanga, when the council failed to provide Irish-language versions of its development plans for municipal areas, there was one complaint. The Commissioner criticized the Board’s approach in this case and when the Board failed to provide an Irish version of the draft development plan. But it happened again this year with the boycott plan draft.
When An Coimisinéir Teanga released its 2021 report last week, Cork County Council’s neglect was not mentioned because the complaint came in 2022, so we’ll have to wait until 2023 to see the commissioner’s decision. Of course we had the full story here at Corkman A few months ago.