A translator was present at the monthly meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford yesterday, allowing councillors who wished to do so to address the chamber in Irish.
Headsets were provided for many of the councillors who had little or no Irish. One of those who chose to speak in Irish was Cllr Micheal MacGiolla Easbuig, who has today defended his right to address the Council in his native language.
While some have hit out at the extra cost to rate payers of paying for the translator, Cllr MacGiolla Easbuig said it was “money well spent” and asked why he should be expected to speak in a language that was not his first languge.
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