The case of a young Kerryman, who claims he was told he wasn’t allowed to speak Irish in the Cork pub where he worked, has highlighted the need for an Irish language provision in employment legislation.
That’s according to Conradh na Gaeilge which has called for legislative protection for language rights in the workplace.
Conradh na Gaeilge said it is disappointed that Cormac Ó Bruic, from Baile Gainín Beag in the West Kerry Gaeltacht of Corca Dhuibhne felt he had to leave his job in The Flying Enterprise bar in Cork after allegedly being told he couldn’t speak Irish.
According to Árd-Runaí of Conradh na Gaeilge Juliann De Spáinn, the case highlights the urgent need to include an Irish-language provision in the relevant legislation to protect the Irish-speaking and Gaeltacht community from discrimination on the grounds of language.
A statement issued by The Flying Enterprise said they employ up to 70 people, representing six nationalities, and while at work, they believe “the most practical and sensible language for employees to use is English”.