Tag Archives: Irish Language

This afternoon.

The just-published ‘Céard é an Scéal?’ is a series of research reports that “investigates public opinions towards the Irish language across the country’ organised by Conradh Na Gaeilge.

Highlights of the Kantar Millward Brown’s survey findings include:

53% in the south and 40% in the north agreed that there should be support available to help raise children through Irish

54% in the south and 36% in the north agreed Gaeltacht scholarships for adults should be made available

17% in the south and 5% in the north have requested services as Gaeilge from the state

64% in the south agreed that Irish should remain a core subject in the Leaving Certificate (only 14% disagreed)


Full report here

Conradh Na Gaeilge

This morning/afternoon.

Dundalk, County Louth.

Students and parents of Coláiste Lú staged a walkout over the school’s decision to no longer teach exclusively through Irish.

Parents say students are being “forced” to be educated through English (despite commitments made to providing Irish-medium education in the area) in an attempt to ‘de-Gael’ students’ education.

Ultach writes:

The education system in Ireland still trying to prevent Irish children who want to learn Irish from learning Irish….

Students in Louth school to walkout in protest over not being educated through Irish (Irish Examiner)

Pupils To Stage Walkout At Colaiste Lu (LMFM

This afternoon

A new system for granting exemptions from the study of Irish announced this morning could have serious implications, says Irish-language activist group Conradh na Gaeilge.

Under the new system, psychological assessment will no longer be necessary to process an application and students in special schools will no longer have to apply for an exemption.

Conradh na Gaeilge ius calling on the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh to “develop a policy for the teaching of Irish from pre-school to university which would deal with the question of exemptions”.

President of Conradh the Gaeilge, Niall Comer, said:

“Conradh na Gaeilge agrees with Minister Joe McHugh that bilingualism provides additional benefits for the student, particularly in learning a third language and maths.

It is unfortunate, therefore, that the Minister did not propose to put in place a system that reduces the reasons why pupils seek exemption in the first place by significantly changing the system rather than implementing the proposed new system from the beginning of September.

For example, a pupil with learning difficulties, particularly with writing, could do Irish for the Leaving Certificate based on the oral exam which would ensure that the pupil is included in the Irish class, rather than being excluded. This would give the pupil the opportunity to study Irish based on their ability”.

Julian de Spáinn, the General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge added:

“We are not surprised at the outcome of the consultation regarding the new system of granting exemptions. It was clear from the survey used by the Department in early January that the Department was not seeking new proposals to significantly reduce the need for exemptions, nor ensuring that as many pupils as possible are included in learning Irish, and not excluded.

Principals will be pressured to make decisions on exemptions from September and they will not have expert reports from psychologists to assist them in those decisions”.

Conradh Na Gaeilge


You cannot make people do what they don’t want to do. Its unfair and self defeating. It is particularly unfair to do it with children, many of whom struggle with Irish in primary school. This is why it is good news that the government is to allow more exemptions for these cases But it is not enough and we should be looking at removing the compulsory aspect altogether.

Ireland is now a multi-cultural and diverse society, thankfully, and the days of a narrow definition of nationality are gone. It is about choice. And if the Irish language movement was confident of itself, and of what it represents, it would readily accept this

Eamon Delaney: ‘Irish language should not be compulsory, especially for struggling school children’ (Independent.ie)

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

Ah here.

John Cleese criticised on Twitter for Irish language comments (RTÉ)

The Randalstown pensioner was ordered to remove the sign by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council by today.

It was placed on railings outside her home in the mainly nationalist Ashdale estate by her granddaughter Medb Ní Dhúláin….Gleann na Fuinseoige’ is the Irish For Ashdale….

Ms Ní Dhúláin last night stressed that her stance is not political or linked to any other controversies.

Council tells pensioner (85) she faces prosecution over Irish language sign (Irish Times)

Randalstown Irish language sign ‘will not be removed’ (The Irish News)

Thanks Colm Dore

Thus afternoon.

Further to An Coimisinéir Teanga’s [Language Commissioner’s] Annual Report which finds that RTÉ is failing to provide a comprehensive range of television programming in Irish.

In 2017, over RTÉ’s two television channels, over 18,657 hours of content were broadcasted. Only 123 hours, or 0.7% of this content was in Irish.

Emma Ní Chearúil, of irish-language activists Conradh Na Gailge, writes;

Conradh na Gaeilge will meet with Director General of RTÉ Dee Forbes next week. We will commend their provision of the Irish language to date – on Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ 2FM and their multimedia platforms, for example, but we will focus primarily on the questions raised in the Language Commissioners’ Annual Report and the following recommendations.

1. A Plan for the Provision of Irish Language Programming to be developed immediately

2. To build on the previous developments such as optional Irish language commentary for sports events, which could be provided for all national rugbaí games, international soccer matches and all GAA programming on RTÉ

3. A channel such as RTÉ Jr to be provided in Irish, which would be an excellent support for parents who are raising children with Irish, and an additional resources in supporting Irish in the education system.


Conradh Na Gaeilge

‘Seriously deficient’ – RTÉ criticised over 1pc Irish language content (Independent.ie)

This morning/afternoon.

Irish Language was spoken apparently for first time in the UK House of Commons as Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville-Roberts asked the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley:

“Is cearta daonna iad cearta teanga agus tá cothrom na féinne tuilte ag lucht labhartha na Gaeilge (Language rights are human rights and the Irish speaking community are entitled to equality)

Under the St Andrews Agreement of 2006 the British government pledged to introduce an ‘Irish Language Act based on the experiences of Wales and the Republic of Ireland’.

Will the Minister uphold its commitment by introducing an Irish Language Act if power-sharing institutions are not restored within six months?”

Dr Niall Comer, President of Irish language campaigners Conradh na Gaeilge, who lobbied Ms Saville Roberts,  says

“We wish to thank those MPs who have listened to our community, and especially those who are prepared to act and speak in favour of equality, respect and language rights, in particular Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville-Roberts who historically addressed the House of Commons as Gaeilge today as part of her questions on the Irish language Act, following engagements with Conradh na Gaeilge. All we are asking is to be brought into line with the other indigenous language communities on these islands.”

Conradh Na Gaeilge



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