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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NUIG drops requirement for president to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has dropped its long-standing requirement that the president of the university must be fluent in Irish. At a recent meeting of the college’s governing authority, Údarás na hOllscoile, a majority of members voted to change the recruitment criteria on the basis that it was limiting the pool of potential candidates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Ulster University and Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was dismayed to learn recently that the management at Ulster University intends to make three members of the core academic staff in its School of Irish Language and Literature redundant, despite its worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of Irish and Celtic studies …” (more)

[Ralph O’Connor, Irish Times, 1 October]

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ASTI teachers defy own ban on assessing their students

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Junior Cert results issued this morning indicate that a significant number of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) are defying a prohibition by their union on engaging in assessing their own students in oral Irish …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Ulster University management ignores plea from global academic community regarding Irish jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2016 by steve

UK“Ulster University is risking its international reputation by pressing ahead with controversial redundancies in the School of Irish, despite an unprecedented level of objection from the academic community globally in addition to trade unions and politicians locally …” (more)

[UCU @ Ulster, 8 September]

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Discontinuation of Ulster University’s Irish Course is Troubling, Even to Those Removed From the Language

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Even to those unsympathetic to the Irish language, the termination of a course with high student satisfaction and employable graduates is worrying. The news that Ulster University will be discontinuing its full time undergraduate course in Irish at its Belfast campus is as detrimental to the status of the Irish language as it is perplexing …” (more)

[University Times, 14 August]

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Ní Chuilín raises Irish language cuts with University of Ulster

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has today written to the University of Ulster to express her disappointment at the regressive proposal to close the Irish Language Courses at the York Street Campus. Speaking today Ms Ní Chuilín said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 August]

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