Tús maith, leath na h-oibre: UCD tests 20-year Irish plan

“Over 1,000 students in University College Dublin will go ‘as Gaeilge’ for a week to test the feasibility of the government’s 20-year plan for the Irish language. The government has outlined ambitions to have more than one in 20 people speaking fluent Irish by 2028, with a projected number of around 250,000 daily speakers. The event will coincide with Seachtain Na Gaeilge which takes place on the campus from 2-6 February. The 20-year plan was originally devised in a 2006 statement on the Irish language then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who gave two years to devise a strategy for the preservation and promotion of the Irish language. Those who have been sponsor­ed over €15 will get a hoodie emblazoned with “No Bearla” and free access to Seachtain Na Gaeilge events, including tickets to music acts the Coronas and Kíla and comedian Des Bishop. Participants must not speak a word of English …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 11 January]

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