The newly appointed Minister For Gaeltacht Affairs has hit out at critics, following claims that he is unable to fluently speak Irish. Donegal North East TD Joe McHugh, appointed a junior minister during the recent cabinet reshuffle, has assured people that he is more than capable of the tasks in front of him, and he is “Feir An Phoist” for the job.
“Bhí mé ag dul go dtí an Leinster House agus tá mé ag talking in the Dáil go hard sa speir” said McHugh, now responsible for the protection and promotion of the Irish language.
“Tá mo madra rua go dtí very great in san seomra folctha. Cheannaigh mé cáca milis sa siopa gach maidin. Tá an people of Ireland ar bar an muice nur a bhí mé i mo Mercedes car”.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stood by his decision to hand the junior ministerial position to a man not fluent in the language he is representing, stating that McHugh was a man with great political capacity and as a bonus, not a woman. McHugh thanked the Taoiseach in a moving speech following a swearing in ceremony at Áras An Uachtaráin.
“Go raibh maith agat for my job do Taoiseach Enda Ceannaigh,” said a visibly moved McHugh as he was appointed to a post that the government are clearly trying to abolish.
“Tá a lain Ministerial pension in mo chroí. Fuair mé bas le mo cupla focail, agus beidh mé ar an uachtar reoite gach oichte. Níl mé ag mowail mo lawnail gach Sathairn anymore. Agus an people of Ireland, tá mé ag snamh san Aifric ar an urlar. Pog mo rothar, thank you all, an bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an Tine Cnamh”.