Cllr Paddy McDonald (SF).

Councillor wants placenames committee

Cavan should have an Irish Language Placenames Committee according to a local councillor.

Sinn Féin’s Paddy McDonald says a number of local housing estates in particular have names in Irish but with grammatical or spelling errors.

He said the committee would have to approve any proposed names on buildings or developments in order to ensure they are correct and tie in with the local area.

In a submission to the recent meeting of Cavan County Council, Cllr McDonald said a number of factors should be looked at when considering names for developments. These include the local environment, heritage, culture and mythology.

The committee would also have oversight of Irish language placenames on road signs and other signage across the county.

Similar bodies are already in place in a number of other counties, including Louth, Clare, Waterford, Laois and Wexford. Cllr McDonald said the move would have “little administrative burden” for the Council and would “provide protections which would ensure the use of appropriate and relevant placenames”.


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