“Government Erasing the Word Garda from GSOC Replacement Name ” – Tóibín
Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has criticised the decision to change the name of GSOC to the Office of the Police Ombudsman.
Speaking today, Peadar Tóibín said “It’s very disappointing to see that GSOC will have its name changed to the OPO – The office of Police Ombudsman. This underpins the disrespect the Government has for our national language.”
Tóibín continued “An Garda Síochána have a unique tradition that is distinctive from neighbouring jurisdictions. This is something that the Irish people are very proud of. This is a particularly disappointing decision on the centenary celebration of An Garda Síochána”. The Irish language is an extremely important element of our identity. Using it in the names of our public bodies is a way to increase its use for free. Deleting its use in public bodies is clearly going in the wrong way."
“Aontú are calling on the Government to respect the unique tradition of An Garda Síochána and our national language by reversing this decision” Concluded Tóibín