Analysis: Compulsory Irish review shines light on ‘sacred cow’ of education

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last year more than 1,000 pupils from abroad were able to secure exemptions from studying Irish in the run-up to the Leaving Cert. Significantly, the proportion of students availing of this opt-out peaked dramatically in fifth year, when the Leaving Cert curriculum begins …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Irish may become compulsory for students from abroad

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Pupils from abroad may be obliged to study Irish in school under new measures being considered by Department of Education officials. At present, there are opt-outs available for studying Irish for pupils who have been abroad for a period of time or for students who say they have no understanding of English …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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NUIG reserves accommodation for Irish speaking students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish language speakers are to be allocated reserved places in student residences at NUI Galway as part of a scheme to boost the language at the university. The scheme includes Irish language student residences, which are described as ‘designated accommodation with reserved places for Irish-speaking students’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 6 September]

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UCC opens new hi-tech learning centre in Ballyferriter

Posted in Teaching on June 13th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork is launching a new hi-tech learning centre in Ballyferriter. This September UCC students of Irish and History will spend a full semester in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht as part of their degree course …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 June]

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Queen’s University apologise after Irish language sign criticism

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2018 by steve

“The Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University has apologised following a row over Irish language signs being placed around the university campus. In a statement, Professor James C McElnay said he ‘would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused’ …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 14 March]

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DCU targets global diaspora with free Irish language course online

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university is targeting the global diaspora and new immigrants with its first online-only course which focuses on learning the Irish language. The ‘Irish 101’ course, developed by DCU, will teach students greetings, blessings and curses in Irish, along with the meaning of Irish names, mythology and other topics …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Dáil votes to accept bill requiring future NUIG presidents to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil has voted to accept a bill which requires all future presidents of NUI Galway to be fluent in Irish. The bill was introduced by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv to guarantee all future presidents are capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 December]

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Galway TD clashes with Education Minister in Dáil over NUIG Irish language requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway TD has challenged the Education Minister in the Dáil over legislation to ensure all future presidents of NUI Galway are fluent in Irish. It’s after management at the university recently decided to change recruitment criteria …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 December]

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Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme comes into effect

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme came into effect at the beginning of this month, following approval of the Board and the Minister of Arts, Heritage and Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs. The third of Trinity’s Irish Language Schemes extends from June 2017 to June 2020, and includes further commitments to promoting the Irish language within Trinity …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 22 June]

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Irish language sector needs to ‘continually reinvent itself,’ NUIG says

Posted in Research on May 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Opportunists who see the monetary value of the Irish language will do more to save it than experts engaged in a ‘discourse of despair’, an NUI Galway academic has said. If people see advantages to Irish they will continue to use it …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 May]

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Oireachtas committee challenges NUI Galway on president Irish fluency requirement

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee on Irish Language is challenging NUI Galway on its decision to drop the Irish language fluency requirement for its new President. The ad for the role was published on Holy Thursday, and does not refer to the Irish language as a requirement or a desired skill …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 19 April]

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Gaeilgeoirí Gan Cúis Imní Tar Éis Cinnidh NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Agus díomá chomh maith le fearg an domhain ar chúpla chuid den phobal Gaelach tar éis cinnidh Údarás na hOllscoile in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh (NUIG) fáil réidh leis an riachtanas Gaeilge d’Uachtaráin na hinstitiúide, is maith an deis atá again faoi láthair stádas na Gaeilge in Éirinn nua-aimseartha a phlé …” (níos mó)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 8 February]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bill Number 6 of 2017. Sponsored by Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív. Source: Private Member. Method: Introduced. Status: New Bill. ‘Bill entitled an Act to rescind the University College Galway (Amendment) Act 2006 and amend the University College Galway Act 1929 …'” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 1 February]

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Step forward for legislation to maintain Irish language requirement for NUI Galway president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bill which aims to legally enshrine the requirement for the president of NUI Galway to be an Irish speaker has made it through the first stage in the Dáil. Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv is pushing for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): … The aim of this Bill is to ensure that the president of the National University of Ireland, Galway, NUIG – the college formerly known as University College Galway, UCG – will be capable of doing his or her business in the Irish and English language as has been the situation since 1929. We must remember that in 1929, under Cumann na nGaedhael, the college was given a special statutory responsibility in regard to the Irish language …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 26 January]

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Dáil to discuss Irish language bill for NUIG president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway West TD is push for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president speaks Irish. Eamon O Cuiv is seeking leave to bring a bill before the Dáil tomorrow which would ensure the new president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 25 January]

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Why has the Irish language been removed as a requirement for NUIG’s President?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) are protesting against a decision to remove fluency in the Irish language as a requirement for the position of President. The current President of NUIG Dr Jim Browne is due to resign in January 2018 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 January]

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Up to 50 people gather at NUI Galway protest on change to Irish language requirement for university president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to 50 supporters of the Irish language gathered at NUI Galway this afternoon for céilí protest over the college’s decision to drop the requirement that its president be fluent in Irish. Late last year, NUIG’s governing authority decided to change the recruitment criteria for appointing a new president …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 11 January]

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Protest at NUI Galway over relaxing of requirement for president to speak fluent Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A céilí protest will will held at NUI Galway tomorrow (Wed) over the college’s decision to drop the requirement that its president be fluent in Irish. Misneach na Gaillimhe is a branch of Misneach – a group that was originally founded by Mairtín Ó Cadhain over 50 years ago …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 January]

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Irish Language Committee asks NUIG to reconsider decision on future presidents not being required to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“At its meeting on 13 December 2016, the Standing Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands agreed to request the Governing Authority of the National University of Ireland, Galway to reconsider its decision that future Presidents of the University will not be required to be fluent in Irish …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 December]

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