Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A couple more items from the news via - 20 Meitheamh 2012
"Some traditional Gaeltacht areas could lose their status under new legislation published yesterday.
"The Gaeltacht Bill (2012) redesignates current Gaeltachtaí in seven counties as 19 new 'Gaeltacht language planning areas' that must draw up and implement a language plan if they are to keep their status as strongholds of native Irish speakers."
More at via - 13 Meitheamh 2012
"I may not be a history student, but I do know the Irish language has changed utterly since the days of oppressive British intruders and fiery Irish rebels. 
"These days, Irish is suffering an entirely different kind of onslaught, not from contemptuous English nobility but from resentful Leaving Certificate students."
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Ó Muirí - An Irishman's Diary

Pól Ó Muirí wishes RnaG a happy birthday in this essay, published June 20 in the Irish Times.

"It is true to say that Irish speakers do not always get the chance to speak Irish with native speakers – even when in the Gaeltacht – but it is also undeniably true that Irish speakers have the chance to listen to every single dialect every single day of the week due to the efforts of RnaG, which is celebrating 40 years a-broadcasting."

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Gaeltacht Bill 2012

Press release by Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge
Issued on 19.06.2012
"After many years of lobbying from Irish language organisations the new Gaeltacht Bill 2012 was published today." 
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"Public debate on the provisions of the Gaeltacht bill will begin with a Seanad debate to be held on Thursday afternoon. The legislation will see major changes to the  concept  of Gaeltacht regions and will have major implications for the governance of state body Údarás na Gaeltachta."
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Some news, an 19ú lá Mí an Mheithimh - 12 Meitheamh 2012
"Carntogher Community Association is requesting information from the public in survey form for plans to found a new bilingual radio station that will serve the greater Mid-County Derry/Greater Maghera area."
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"There were some new and tricky elements in the higher-level second Irish paper yesterday, according to Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland subject representative Robbie Cronin."
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"In this piece Leaving Cert student, Cathal Ó Céilleachar from Cork studying higher level Irish describes how he dealt with this year’s papers."
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"Minister Phil Hogan announced in April that ‘Irish Water’, a subsidiary of Bord Gáis, would be founded to regulate new measures regarding water supplies and metering. 
"The public has displayed much resentment through the media to these new metering regulations as it is feared the price of water will add a substantial amount to the general cost of living. The Irish language community has also conveyed disappointment towards Hogan’s decision to name the subsidiary ‘Irish Water’ as opposed to a suitable title in Irish."
More at via - 18 Meitheamh 2012
"A consolidation of the Irish language assets of RTE, with an amalgamation of Radio na Gaeltachta, TG4 and the Nuacht news service, is planned as part of the national broadcaster’s cost-cutting drive."
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Some news, an 12ú lá Mí an Mheithimh

( - 6 Meitheamh 2012)
"In a letter to Ministers Carál Ní Chuilín MLA and Dinny McGinley TD yesterday, members of An Fóram expressed their lack of confidence in theconsultation process recently undertaken by Foras na Gaeilge on the New Funding Model for the sector.  An Fóram is a group which comprises 80% of the organisations core-funded by Foras na Gaeilge."
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( - 6 Meitheamh 2012)
"Statistics published today give a new insight into the state of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht. The statistics were compiled as part of the Scéim labhairt na Gaeilge, a government grant scheme for Gaeltacht families. The scheme was disbanded last year.
"The statistics were compiled as part of the Scéim labhairt na Gaeilge, a government grant scheme for Gaeltacht families. The scheme was disbanded last year.
"Over 3,370 families made applications under the scheme during the 2010/2011 school year with over 2,760 families successfully receiving grants - over 2,322 families were in receipt of the full grant with 438 families receiving a partial grant."
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( - 06 Meitheamh 2012)
"An Oireachtas Committee on Environment, transport, culture and Gaeltacht has recommended a major overhaul of a contentious new funding model for the Irish language sector.
"The Committee published its report today on the new funding model proposed by Foras na Gaeilge and commissioned the report following hearings with Irish language organisations and Foras na Gaeilge earlier this year.
"The report recommends that organisations retain their yearly core-funding so as to ensure that services are provided on a consistent level to Irish speakers. It also advises that any new funding model should not pit organisations against each other in a competitive contest.
"However there the report does acknowledge that there will be some degree of rationalisation of the sector which should operate on a scheme basis."
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( - 12 Meitheamh 2012)
"‘The new Gaeltacht Bill will have serious implactions for Gaeltacht areas, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge’ Minister of State Dinny Mc Ginley TD told the Dáil last Wednesday.
"The Minister was answering questions before Dáil Éireann where he confirmed that the new Bill will be published later this month."
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( - 12 Meitheamh 2012)
"'The essence of every language is understanding and communication. The Irish language has a rich history that should not be exclusive or unique to just one community.'
"Those were the words used by Dr. Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland while launching a new initiative in Belfast recently called Together Through Culture. 
"The International fund for Ireland (IFI) was established in 1986 to improve social and economic relations between the Nationalist and Unionist communities across Northern Ireland.  Together Through Culture (TTC) is a new initiative set up by the IFI and was developed under the direction of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta.  The primary objective of the project is to bring schoolchildren from both traditions together through encouraging interest in Irish culture."
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