Yesterday, Dé Mháirt 18ú Deireadh Fómhair, the seven candidates for the Irish Presidency (which will be held on Déardaoin 27ú Deireadh Fómhair 2011) were speaking on the Irish medium television station, TG4. It was another chance for the candidates to mark out what they would do if they became Uachtarán na hÉireann.
It was also a chance to hear how well the candidates could speak Irish. It was interesting to hear them discuss the issues surrounding the Irish language and what they would do to support it in terms of education, it’s modern day context as a living language, the Gaeltacht areas, jobs in the Irish language sector and so on.
The programme was in Irish and English with subtitles. Only one candidate was fluent, but the others did their best and claimed they were actively learning the language which is encouraging to any learner. I know it’s a presidental contest, but the message I got was that the candidates respected the language, those not so proficient gave it a go and had the desire to learn more and improve their confidence.
The debates raised may be of interest to you and a chance to hear the natural flow of Irish. You can watch the debate again by clicking here to go to the TG4 website.Slán go fóill!