Trevor Lunn MLA said: “The level of spending on Irish translations increased massively between 07/08 and 08/09.
“The figures for the first four years are fairly consistent, yet they leapt up last year and this poses questions that need answering. Was there such an upsurge in demand for translations that it merited the recruitment of two staff members? You have to wonder how they coped in the past before they recruited these two new members of staff.
“I am in favour of the promotion of the Irish language but I am also in favour of value for money, and that was what this question was about.”