To retain the current Irish language policy in the naming of estates in Galway. sign now

Currently there is a Policy in Galway City Council which declares that the names of all estates which are newly built must be given a name in the Irish language. At a City Council Meeting, on Monday April 22nd, it was proposed by Cllr. Terry O'Flaherty , and Cllr. John Mulholland that this policy be changed as :

"Any element of compulsion in terms of the use of the Irish lanuage only for new estates could end up being counter productive" - Cllr. O' Flaherty.(Galway Sentinel April 23rd)
"Some people can't even pronounce some of the new names, while others are having great difficulty in finding places in the city because of the names" - Cllr. Mulholland. (Galway Sentinel April 23rd)

It is my belief that estate names in the Irish language add to the culture and the position of the Irish language in Galway. Should this policy be removed, we may be in the position to live in a town which emulates the English Countryside, with estate names such as "Tudor Close", "Monalee Manor", "Manor Court".
Currently estates have been given meaningful names such as "Cnoc An Уir" and "Dъn na Carraige".
Other countries use their national language in the naming of their estates and roads, why should this privelige be taken from Galway?

If you believe that the estate name policy should remain in place, that is that Estates should be named in the national language of Irish, please sign this petition, and pass on the word.

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