NUIG drops Irish language requirement for staff

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Administrative staff hired or promoted at NUI Galway no longer require a level of proficiency in the Irish language. The university has confirmed to the Galway City Tribune that the automatic requirement for all administrative grade one, two and three workers to have a level of Irish has been removed. The change was approved by Údarás na hOllscoile, its governing body, at a meeting last year …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 4 May]

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Majority of third-level students support Irish remaining a compulsory subject

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over two thirds of third-level students feel Irish should be a compulsory school subject according to a survey conducted by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The USI Report on the Teaching of Irish 2021 found that 67% said the language should be fully compulsory, however only 5% of students said there was an emphasis placed on teaching Irish as a language to be spoken beyond the classroom …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 March]

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ERASMUS le linn na paindéime: taithí ar leith nach n-athróinn riamh

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Má tá sé d’ádh ort an deis a bheith agat tabhairt faoi Erasmus an seimeastar, nó an bhliain acadúil seo chugainn is cinnte go mbeidh lóistín ar cheann de na príomhrudaí le socrú agat sula mbuaileann tú bóthar …” (níos mó)

[Caroline Ní Shíochainn, College Tribune, 6 February]

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology unveils new scheme to encourage use of the Irish language on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Encouraging the use of the Irish language on campus is the aim of a new scheme launched by Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LyIT). The scheme, which was recently approved by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, was prepared under Section 15 of The Official Languages Act, 2003 …” (more)

[Catherine McGinty, Donegal Live, 16 January]

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DFHERIS – Seirbhísí trí Ghaeilge

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills cad iad na pleananna atá ag a Roinn chun seirbhísí faoina riar a chur ar fáil trí Ghaeilge, chun cur le líon na seirbhísí atá ar fáil trí Ghaeilge faoina riar, agus chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn, le linn 2021 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 December]

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Easpa Gaeilge Ar Chomharthaí an Choláiste Le Ceartú

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá comharthaí ar na haonaid sláintíochta nua le ceartú ag an gColáiste ionas go gcloíonn siad le hAcht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla. An tseachtain ar Twitter seo léiríodh nach raibh na treoracha ar na stáisiún sláintíochta nua ar champas Choláiste na Tríonóide as Gaeilge, ach i mBéarla amháin …” (níos mó)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 14 September]

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Report finds NUI Galway gives priority to English version of name on signage

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Irish language report has found that NUI Galway gives priority to the English version of the university’s name when used alongside the logo on signage …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 23 August]

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Acht na Teanga Oifigiúla á Sárú ag Ceithre Ollscoil

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Foilsíodh tuarascáil faireacháin de chuid an Choimisinéara Teanga inniu ag nochtú go raibh os cionn 47% de chomharthaí in ollscoileanna faoi scáth Ollscoil na hÉireann i mBéarla amháin. Sáraíonn seo na rialacháin faoi Acht na dTeanagacha Oifigiúla …” (níos mó)

[Jennifer Ní Chiara, University Times, 12 August]

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Níl trácht ar bith ar cheist na Gaeilge san oideachas tríú leibhéal sa dréachtchlár nua rialtais

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ar 15 Meitheamh, d’fhoilsigh Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil agus an Comhaontas Glas a ndréachtchlár nua rialtais dar teideal ‘An Clár Rialtais: Ár dTochaí Le Chéile’. Tá an dréachtchlár seo ag teacht corradh beag le ceithre mí i ndiaidh Olltoghchán na hÉireann ar 8 Feabhra 2020 …” (níos mó)

[Anna-Clare McGarvey, College Tribune, 25 June]

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Freagra Measctha Faighte ag an Ábhar Faoin nGaeilge sa Dréachtchlár Rialtais

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá sé fógartha inniu go gcuirfidh an rialtas nua reachtaíocht chuimsitheach ar fáil don Ghaeilge sa chóras oideachais – ón réamhscoil go dtí an tríú-leibhéal – mar chuid den dréachtpholasaí rialtais. Ach níl na páirtithe leasmhara don Ghaeilge ar aon fhocal maidir leis na beartais don teanga …” (níos mó)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 15 June]

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Díreoidh an Teastas i Múineadh na Gaeilge ar an aosoideachas agus ar fhoghlaimeoirí fásta

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“Cuirfear tús le cúrsa nua i múineadh na Gaeilge ar líne in Ollscoil Mhá Nuad an bhliain acadúil seo chugainn. Díreoidh Teastas i Múineadh na Gaeilge ar an aosoideachas agus conas teagasc a chur ar fhoghlaimeoirí fásta …” (níos mó)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 28 March]

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Study into impact of bonus for Irish on CAO points questions fairness

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An unpublished study on the impact of bonus points for students who answer the Leaving Cert through Irish has questioned the fairness of the measure. Under rules that date back to the mid-1920s, any student who answers a written exam in Irish may receive bonus marks of up to 10%, depending on the subject …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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An Ghaeilge le feiceáil i UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá stádas oifigiúil ag an nGaeilge san Aontas Eorpach agus is í céad teanga oifigiúil na hÉireann. Tá sé riachtanach ó thaobh an dlí de go mbíonn comharthaí as Gaeilge nó dátheangach (le Gaeilge agus Béarla) ann ar bhóithre na hÉireann agus leagadh amach na riachtanais maidir leis an nGaeilge a bheith feiceálach sa tsochaí ag Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 …” (more)

[Cecily Nic Cionnaith, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Minister receives petition over Irish language education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A petition of 12,000 signatures calling for an integrated education policy for the Irish language was presented by campaigners to the Minister for Education Joe McHugh in Dublin on Thursday. The #Gaeilge4All campaign is seeking a comprehensive strategy spanning all stages of the education cycle from pre-school to third-level …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 12 December]

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USI vote to support bilingual signage on campuses in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

“The National Council of the Union of Students Ireland (USI) have voted to support bilingual signage for Colleges in Northern Ireland, among several other motions discussed at a meeting held in Trinity. The union’s National Council have also taken the decision to support free period products and and voted to establish a partnership between the USI and a Crisis Text Line, as well as authorising the union to begin work on gathering data on students’ sexual experiences …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 16 November]

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Students protest closure of NUI Galway’s Caifé na Gaeilge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Students’ Union has officially confirmed the closure of Caifé na Gaeilge, located in Áras na Gaeilge. The Students’ Union released a statement, stating that the Caifé was closed, having been ‘operating on a loss since 2008’ …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, Irish Times, 26 October]

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San Oideachas, Ní Féidir Luach a Bhunú ar Deiseanna Fostaíochta

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Agus mé níos mó ná leathbhealach tríd mo chúrsa fochéime, éiríonn an cheist faoin bplean atá agam i ndiaidh an choláiste níos práinní gach lá. Táim cráite ag na comhráite a bhíonn agam faoin todhchaí atá romham ar bhonn rialta. Comhráite ainniseacha atá iontu – pléitear intéirneachtaí, taithí oibre, cúrsaí iarchéime agus an saol oibre go minic …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 October]

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Maoiniú do Chursaí Gaeilge de Luach €1.63 Milliún Fógartha ag Sean Kyne

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“D’fhógair an tAire Stáit don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht, agus do na hOileáin, Sean Kyne, go gcuirfear maoiniú €1.63 milliún ar fáil do chursaí tríú-leibhéil Gaeilge ar an Luan. Thuairiscigh Tuairisc.ie go dtabharfar tacaíocht do 12 chúrsa Gaeilge i gcoláistí timpeall na tíre …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 2 October]

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Irish language courses in higher education receive €1.6 million support

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Nine Irish language courses and institutes of higher education including NUI Galway have been approved €1.63 million in additional funding. The funding was announced this week by Galway West TD and Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne under the Advanced Irish Language Initiative …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 1 October]

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Exemption from Irish to be made easier, education sources say

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Pupils will be able to secure exemptions from the study of Irish without requiring psychologists’ reports under new changes being introduced from the start of the school year. It follows a Department of Education review which found evidence that the system was being ‘gamed’, with psychologists being placed under pressure by parents to give exemptions to students who did not qualify for the opt-out …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 August]

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