(Nov 17, 2011)
The decision to close the office of the Irish Language Commissioner has led leading Irish language groups to question the Government's commitment to the protection and long-term development of the language.
The Government revealed its plan to merge the commissioner's office with the office of the Ombudsman as part of the public sector reform programme announced this afternoon.
The language commissioner’s role was to monitor compliance by public bodies with the provisions of the Official Languages Act and to take measures to ensure the right of citizens to use their language in official business with State agencies.
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