Controversy over University of Ulster’s plans to erect Irish language signs on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

“A move by University of Ulster to erect Irish language signs across campus has been labelled as a ‘political stunt’ by the Ulster Young Unionists. A University of Ulster Students’ Union (UUSU) council meeting was held in mid-November where a new bilingual signage policy was agreed. This would see Irish language signs replacing existing signage over time across the university’s four campuses in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Derry …” (more)

[Catherine Gallagher, The College View, 12 December]

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USI protests absence of Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, 13th December the Union of Students in Ireland amongst their member organisations and Conradh na Gaeilge will protest the absence of any Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level for student teachers. Students will meet outside Leinster House at 1pm …” (more)

[USI, 11 December]

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Leading academics appointed to oversee major Galway language plan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Galway City Council has appointed two leading academics to oversee the preparation of a seven-year language plan to increase the use of Irish in Galway City. Dr John Walsh, Roinn na Gaeilge and Dr Dorothy Ní Uigín, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway, will lead a six-strong team of experts in language planning to prepare the plan which will run from 2019-2026 …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Irish signs for UU student unions comes under fire

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Plans to include the Irish language on all students’ union signage at one of Northern Ireland’s two universities is designed to make unionists feel uncomfortable in their own surroundings, it has been claimed …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Ulster University to introduce Irish language signs at Students’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

“The proposal was given the go-ahead at a meeting of Ulster University’s Students’ Council on Tuesday. The Ulster University has four campuses, one in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Londonderry. Each location has their own students’ union …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 November]

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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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