Joint Structure Needed To Implement 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language

The Irish-language and Gaeltacht community came out in force at a meeting organised by Conradh na Gaeilge in the Menlo Hotel, Galway on Friday (01 February 2013), calling for the establishment of a crucial high-level structure recognising the language community as stakeholders in the implementation of The 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.

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Language Commissioner Report Spot On

Conradh na Gaeilge welcomed the comprehensive annual report of An Coimisinéir Teanga, the Irish-Language Commissioner published today, 12th March 2013. The report is a testament to the good work of the Office of the Irish Language Commissioner despite the uncertainty regarding the future independence of the Office on foot of the Government's decision to merge Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga with the Office of the Ombudsman in November 2011. Conradh na Gaeilge believe that the Irish Language Commissioner, in any merger, must maintain his independence to carry out his current legislative duties and any additional duties arising from the review of the Official Languages Act 2003; this review of the Languages Act ended over 13 months ago but the findings of the review have yet to be published. The Government must protect and strengthen this independent Irish-language institution which has the greatest respect, trust and confidence of the Irish-language community in the country.

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Re-Elected President Calls For High-Level Structure With Community Input & Emergency Motion on Education Is Unanimously Passed At Ard-Fheis

An emergency motion calling on the Government to leave entrance policies for Irish-medium primary and secondary schools alone was passed unanimously at Conradh na Gaeilge's 2013 Ard-Fheis in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry, Co. Down today (06 April 2013), following recent media reports on comments made by the Minister for Education and Skills in relation to the Irish-language background of pupils and their parents.

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(No en ver) Fáilte Roimh Fhochoiste Dála Um Mheasúnú Ar An Straitéis 20 Bliain Don Ghaeilge

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Overhauling the Teaching of Irish

Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh, President of Conradh na Gaeilge, Colm Hamrogue, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, and Nikolai Trigoub-Rotnem, President of the Union of Secondary Students, launched a nationwide campaign for a major overhaul of the teaching of Irish in our schools. They are seeking all-party support in the run-up to the general election for the education policy they announced at a press conference on Monday, 05 February 2007, at 11.00 a.m. in the Georgian Suite, Buswells Hotel, Dublin and a commitment to include the policy in the next programme for Government.

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