Archive for Irish

Don’t force students to study Irish

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 February 2011 by Steve

“Forcing students to ‘study’ Irish up to Leaving Cert level is unfair and does little to revive the language in so far as the majority of the students are involved …” (more)

[David J Fitzgerald, Irish Examiner, 26 February]

Plan for optional Leaving Cert Irish

Posted in teaching with tags , on 23 February 2011 by Steve

“Madam, – Seán Flynn’s article on the Irish language (February 19th) mentions that the State spends about €500 million a year on (second-level) Irish language education. According to a recent statement by Prof Ed Walsh, the total spend on promoting Irish is closer to €1.2 billion a year …” (more)

[Robin Bury, Irish Times, 23 February]

Hanafin: FG policy puts Gaeilge in danger

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“Minister Mary Hanafin has said the survival of the Irish language is in the balance if Fine Gael is given a mandate to implement its education policy. She said the party’s plans to stop making Irish a mandatory Leaving Cert subject would repeat the mistakes made in Britain when students opted to turn their back on languages …” (more)

[Conor Ryan, Irish Examiner, 21 February]

The future of Irish – A daunting challenge

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“If the future of Irish depends on making the subject mandatory – or more or less mandatory – for students then the language’s prospects are indeed perilous …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 February]

Language divide

Posted in teaching with tags , on 19 February 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael’s proposal that Irish should be an optional subject in the Leaving Certificate is dividing opinion even among enthusiasts. Here we present both sides of the issue …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 February]

Keeping Irish as a core Leaving Cert subject

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 18 February 2011 by Steve

“Madam, – In light of the fine performances in Irish by the main party leaders during Wednesday’s TG4 debate, why not have Irish as a mandatory requirement for all those seeking to be elected to public office? …” (more)

[Seamus O’Callaghan, Irish Times, 18 February]

Keeping Irish as a core subject

Posted in teaching with tags , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“A chara, – We, the undersigned Independent candidates for the 2011 general election fully support the study of the Irish language as a core subject in our education system. We believe all students are entitled to learn their national language …” (more)

[James Breen and others, Irish Times, 17 February]

Fine Gael’s crude Irish language policy would undo decades of good work

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael’s Irish language policy, which proposes that Irish should be an optional Leaving Certificate subject, is as puzzling as it is unsettling. Poll after poll regarding the Irish language has confirmed the majority of the people of this country are supportive of State efforts to protect the language …” (more)

[Anna Ní Ghallachairi, Irish Times, 17 February]

Kenny under fire for language policy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny came under heavy pressure over his party’s controversial Irish-language policy in the first three-way debate of the election campaign on TG4 last night …” (more)

[Paul O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 17 February]

Debunking the Compulsory Irish Myth

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“This week 500 hundred students marched on Fine Gael headquarters to demand the right to make everyone else have to study Irish after the Junior Cert. From the manner of the march, with protesters gagged and forlorn looking one would imagine that Fine Gael was campaigning to proscribe the language and punish its use with threat of prison …” (more)

[Derwin Brennan, Tea and Toast, 16 February]

Irish language policy will cost us votes, admits Fine Gael senator

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael’s controversial plan to drop Irish as a compulsory subject is now a ‘big issue’ in Gaeltacht areas and will cost them votes, one senator admitted last night …” (more)

[Aine Kerr, Independent, 16 February]

Parties fire shots over Irish language plans

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have exchanged electoral fire over the former party’s plans for the Irish language, which controversially includes plans to remove it as a compulsory subject for students sitting the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 February]

Silent protest: students oppose Irish language proposal

Posted in Life with tags , , on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“Several hundred students marched on Fine Gael headquarters at lunchtime yesterday in protest at Enda Kenny’s proposal to make Irish optional for the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 15 February]

Irish language students protest at being ‘dumped’ by Fine Gael

Posted in Life with tags , , on 14 February 2011 by Steve

“A crowd of around 200 Irish language students have gathered at Fine Gael headquarters this Valentine’s lunchtime, accusing party leader Enda Kenny of ‘dumping’ them …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 February]

Future of Irish to be made key issue for election

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 February 2011 by Steve

“With just days to go before the first election television debate in Irish, on Wednesday, between the three party leaders, language organisations have stepped up their campaign to defend Irish as a core subject for the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 14 February]

Feachtas ar líne ar son na Gaeilge

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 12 February 2011 by Steve

“Leis an méid scannal i gcúrsaí polaitíochta na tíre le cúpla seachtain anuas, bheadh sé intuigthe dá mba rud é go raibh plé maidir leis an nGaeilge sa chóras oideachais curtha ar leathtaobh ar feadh tamall. Tá grúpa ar an bhfód anois, áfach, atá ag seasamh ar son cearta na Gaeilge agus i gcoinne an polasaí Ardteistiméireachta atá ag Fine Gael …” (more)

[Frances Mulraney, The College View, 11 February]

Fears for integrity of Irish exam as students get preview

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“Students have been given a detailed preview of exactly what to expect in an oral Irish exam in 15 months’ time, after exam chiefs ignored the advice of experts …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 21 January]

Thousands of pupils face new tests in the ‘basics’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 17 March 2010 by Steve

“More than 55,000 secondary school students will have to sit new tests in English, Irish and maths – most likely at age 13. A confidential report calls for standardised tests to find out what students are learning in the early stages of their secondary schooling. The report also outlines worries about grade inflation in the Junior Cert …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 March]

Irish language gaining popularity on US campuses

Posted in Life with tags , on 16 December 2008 by Steve

“Although Irish has few practical applications, American university students of Irish descent are renewing ties with their ancestors’ native tongue. Twenty-nine American universities now teach Irish, including Notre Dame, which stopped teaching the language in the 1950s only to start up again in 1994. 2004 marked the establishment of a new Department of Irish Language and Literature in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The university now offers a minor in Irish language and literature …” (more)

[Betty Carlson, Language Links, 15 December]