SENIOR gardaí from all the Irish Gaeltacht regions have met with An Coimisinéir Teanga in Cork to discuss how use of the Irish language in policing can be improved.
The meeting in Macroom Courthouse was attended by the Chief Superintendents of the Cork West, Kerry, Galway, Waterford and Donegal, as well as the head of human resources in An Garda Siochana, John Barrett.
The meeting took place as a new garda has started work in Ballingeary garda station, which is in a Gaeltacht area. The previous garda retired earlier this year.
Under the An Garda Síochána Act 2005, gardaí stationed in the Gaeltacht must be sufficiently competent in Irish to enable them to use it with ease in carrying out their duties.
Chief Supt Cadogan said: “Eight applied for the post and we had to check their levels of Irish.”
The successful applicant took up his appointment yesterday.
Chief Supt Cadogan said gardaí have given a commitment to increasing the level of Irish in the force and meet two or three times a year with An Coimisinéir Teanga.