Thug an Coimisinéir an méid seo le fios ag cruinniú den Chomhchoiste Achanaithe agus Formhaoirsiú Poiblí i dtithe an Oireachtais inniu.
Dar le Ó Clochartaigh:
“Is lá dhubh, dorcha don Ghaeilge í seo, go bhfuil Sean Ó Cuirreáin ag eirí as tar éis deich mbliana a chaitheamh sa bpost.
“Is léir gur cinneadh ar bhunphrionsabail atá i gceist agus nach ar aon chúis eile atá seo socraithe aige.
“Rinne sé cáineadh an-láidir arís ina thuarascáil bhliantiúil ar easpa dáiríreachta na n-eagras stáit i leith a gcuid dualgais
faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla.
“Is léir domsa nach bhfuil an tacaíocht dhá fháil ag an oifig ón Rialtas agus na h-eagrais stáit agus dá bhrí sin nach féidir leis an gCoimisinéir a chuid dualgais a chomhlíonadh mar is ceart.
“Tá an-díomá ar Shinn Féin faoi seo, ach molann muid Seán Ó Cuirreáin as an seasamh láidir seo a ghlacadh ag an am seo.
'Tá ardmheas ag Sinn Féin agus pobal na Gaeilge ar an obair atá déanta aige féin agus ag a fhoireann agus is cailliúint an-mhór é. Go bhfios dúinn, seo an chéad uair gur éirigh aon Ombudsman as i stair an stáit agus is ráiteas iontach láidir ann fein é sin.
'Is léir go bhfuil polasaí an Rialtais i leith na Gaeilge ag titim óna chéile agus tá gá le h-athbhreithniú práinneach le seo a
chuir ina cheart.
'D'iarr mé go dtabharfaí Aire Stáit na Gaeltachta teacht os comhair an Chomhchoiste le seasamh an Rialtais ar an gcinneadh seo agus na h-impleachtaí a bhaineann leis a phlé.
Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has said that the decision of the Language Commissioner, Seán Ó Cuirreáin, to announce his resignation today on a point of principle, is a damning indictment of the Governments Irish language policy.
The Commissioner made his announcement today at a meeting of the Oireachtas Public Service, Oversight and Petitions committee.
Ó Clochartaigh said:
“It is a very dark day for the Irish language that Seán Ó Cuirreáin has announced his resignation today after ten years in office.
“It is clear that he has taken this decision on a point of principle and that there is no other reason for his resignation.
“In his annual report he severely criticised the lack of genuine commitment from state organisations in implementing their duties under the Official Languages Act.
“It is quite clear to me that the Commissioner simply hasn't been getting the support required from the Government, or the state organisations and that he therefore finds it impossible to fulfil his role as Language Commissioner in a satisfactory manner.
“Sinn Féin are extremely disappointed that he has taken this decision but commend his integrity for taking such a strong stand at this critical juncture.
“Sinn Féin and the Irish language community have huge respect for the work that he and his staff have been doing. It appears that this is the first time in the history of the state that an Ombudsman has felt compelled to resign in this manner and that is a huge statement in itself.
“It is quite clear that the government’s policy in relation to the Irish language is in tatters at this point and we need an
urgent review to rectify the situation.
“I have called on the Committee to ask the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs to come before us to outline the government's reaction to this decision and to debate what the broader implications are.”