Dáil Éireann - Volume 230 - 08 November, 1967

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Buntús Cainte Lessons.

58. Mr. O.J. Flanagan asked the Minister for Education if he is satisfied with the national response to the Buntús Cáinte lessons; if he feels the lessons have been a success to date; and if 185,000 copies of the booklet have in fact been purchased.

Mr. O'Malley: I am well satisfied with the national response to the “Buntús Cainte” lessons. All the reports which I have received, and they are very many indeed, indicate that this series of lessons and the television programme related to them have been received with the greatest enthusiasm. The fact that the lessons are scientifically based and provide adults in a pleasant way with the minimum amount of spoken Irish necessary for everyday conversation are two major reasons for their success. The third is the high degree of goodwill for the language which exists among our people.

In order to meet the demand for the booklet it has been necessary to produce five editions of it. To-date 218,000 copies have been sold and the sales are continuing.

Mr. O.J. Flanagan: An bhfuil a fhios ag an Aire go bhfuil muintir na tíre sásta leis an golár seo? Nuair a bhéas deire leis an gcúrsa seo, Buntús Cáinte, an gcuirfear leabhar eile ar fáil ina mbeidh cheachtanna den tsaghas seo?

Dr. Hillery: Cinnte.

[2083] Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Tá a fhios ag an Aire go bhfuil na daoine go léir sásta leis an gclár seo?

Mr. O'Malley: Tá a fhios agam go maith.

Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Nuair a bhéas deire leis an leabhar seo, an mbeidh leabhar nua le fáil?

Mr. O'Malley: Beidh. Buntús Cainte Cuid II.

Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Is maith an rud é sin mar tá áthas an domhain ar na daoine go léir agus molaim an leabhar agus an clár go h-árd.

Dr. Hillery: Tá toradh an chláir le feiscint anseo.

Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Go raibh maith agat. Is maith an rud é sin. Faoi mar is eol díbh, rinne na Teachtaí ar an dtaobh seo den Tí níos mó ar son na Gaeilge ná mar a rinne a lán de na Teachtaí ar an dtaobh eile.

Mr. Haughey: Ní h-é sin buntús na fírinne.

Mr. O'Malley: Tá blas maith ag an Teachta Flanagan, freisin.

Mr. Haughey: Blas Uí bhFáilghe

Mr. Dillon: Nach bhfuil blas Uí bhFáilghe chomh maith le blas Átha Chliath nó blas Chluain Tarbh?

Mr. Haughey: Blas na mBráthar gCriostúil.