Date: Saturday, 10 June 2017Time: 11.00 until 16.00Venue: Wynns Hotel, 34-39 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1 Red Line Luas stop at the door
There is huge disappointment and anger among the Irish-language and Gaeltacht community over Budget 2017. According to the budget as announced on 11 October 2016, the Government in the south is refusing to provide €4.5 million to fund even the first stage of the investment plan. The proposal had been made that the funding of this plan could be done by reversing some of the cuts made since 2008 to Irish-language and Gaeltacht authorities.
Conradh na Gaeilge called on candidates in the local and European elections to choose a future for the Irish language and to show their support by taking action to promote Irish if elected.
The Irish language and Gaeltacht community north and south want equality for the language and want State services to be available in Irish at the same standard and level as they are provided in English, especially in the Gaeltacht.
Aitheantas means recognition in Irish and four national Irish-language organisations - Comhluadar, Conradh na Gaeilge, Foras Pátrúnachta na Scoileanna Lán-Ghaeilge and Glór na nGael - came together in 2010 under the joint umbrella-campaign entitled Aitheantas to lobby for the recognition of Irish-medium schools, and in particular to support the parents that founded Gaelscoil Ráth Tó in Ratoath, Co. Meath when the all-Irish primary school was refused recognition in 2010.
Rith is a massive bi-annual festival and relay-race run around Ireland on behalf of the Irish language. This innovative festival is aimed at encouraging the use of the Irish language and the latest festival was held from 7 - 15 March 2014 as one of the main events of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014. The 1000km course for the non-stop relay race ran through 14 counties and over 400 towns and villages from Baile Bhuirne in Co. Cork to Belfast, and thousands of people joined in the festivities over the 9 days. This year was different to other years as the run continued through the night in Dublin for the first time ever.
On 17 November 2011, the Government announced that it intended to shut the Office of the Language Commissioner as a independent legislative office, and to transfer all its functions to the Office of the Ombudsman as part of a restructuring plan for the public sector.
Conradh na Gaeilge doesn't believe you need to have tons of people to get your cúpla focal going - it only takes two!!