Bank of Ireland should reverse Irish language decision

30 August 2017

Labour Party spokesperson on an Ghaeilge, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has slammed the move by Bank of Ireland to remove the Irish language option from their ATM services.

“I am very disappointed to learn that Bank of Ireland are planning on removing the Irish language option from their ATMs across the country.

“For many years, this Irish language option has been a very welcome addition to banking services in this country and its removal shows very little regard for those who use the Irish language daily and live in Gaeltacht areas.

“The latest Census figures tell us that 190,276 people speak Irish every week. Initiatives like being able to take out cash as Gaeilge are a novel way of inserting the Irish language into our daily lives.

“Reversing this decision would be of little cost to Bank of Ireland but would be a significant symbolic gesture to Irish speakers right across the country.”

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