Ulster University’s Dr Niall Comer re-elected as President of Conradh na Gaeilge as members vote for renewed efforts for language rights, policies and investment north and south

Monaghan goes Gaelach as Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia launched in town Centre as part of Conradh na Gaeilge Ard Fheis 2019

Dr Niall Comer, a lecturer in Irish with Ulster University, was re-elected as President of Conradh na Gaeilge by members and branches at Conradh na Gaeilge’s Ard Fheis which was convened this weekend in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. This is the third time that Niall Comer has been elected to this role in the organisation.

Dr Niall Comer, President, Conradh na Gaeilge, said: “It is always important that we spend time at the Ard Fheis reviewing the work that has been under way in the previous year because it is easy to forget the fantastic work being done, by both the executive and voluntary branch of the organisation and in particular, the branches throughout the country and internationally, who work diligently to deliver on the aims and objectives of Conradh na Gaeilge. On that note, we warmly welcome the 14 new branches that have been established this year, including the 3 overseas. This weekend, those branches have been discussing motions on the priorities for coming year and the ongoing campaigns spearheaded by Conradh na Gaeilge. Once again, a big focus of ours will be on securing and strengthening language rights north and south, on securing additional funding and investment for the language and to highlight the enormous challenges facing the Gaeltacht communities. It is with pride and honour that I will continue in my capacity as President of Conradh na Gaeilge and I extend my heartfelt appreciation to my colleagues throughout Ireland and further afield for the confidence they have shown in me once again. Equally, it is a great honour to me to present Gradam an Uachtaráin 2019 to the Dr. Pádraig Ó Baoighill in recognition of his work over many years on behalf of the language and the Gaeltacht communities. That work of Pádraig and others like him is a continued source of inspiration to us all. Let us move forward together.”

Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary, Conradh na Gaeilge, said: “Motions relating to an All-Ireland Education policy, in terms of Special Educational Needs provision in the north and of course, relating to the huge issue of Brexit and the potential implications on the language. We are very looking forward to getting to work on these important issues in conjunction with the community in the year ahead as we seek to bring about delivery of rights, equality and justice for the Irish speaking and Gaeltacht communities.”

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