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Poll: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn't fluent in Irish?

Junior Minister Joe McHugh, from Donegal, has a special responsibility for Gaeltacht matters.

Junior Minister Joe McHugh
Junior Minister Joe McHugh
Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE NEW MINISTER of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs has special responsibility for the Gaeltacht.

However, it emerged that Joe McHugh is not fluent in Irish – and his language skills may not quite be up to honours level.

He said that he plans on immersing himself in the language. And although he was criticised in the Dáil yesterday, McHugh was defended by the Taoiseach on the matter.

What do you think: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn’t fluent in Irish?

Poll Results:

Yes (7461)
No (2964)
I don't mind either way (1023)

Read: Gerry Adams and Enda Kenny’s ‘as gaeilge’ stand off over Joe McHugh’s Irish>

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