Unemployment rate improves for Arts and Engineering graduates

  The unemployment rate for Arts, and Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction students fell between 2011 and 2016 according to Census 2016 figures released today.   Unemployment rates fell the most between 2011 and 2016 for those with a qualification in Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction, with the rate falling from 15.7% to 6.0% during that period.   […]

Northern Ireland should reject the Irish Language Act

Four months after the Assembly election in March, Northern Ireland still has no devolved government. A long-running dispute behind the political deadlock concerns the introduction of an Irish Language Act. While Irish has official status as a national language of the Republic, it is recognised only as a minority language in the North.   Many […]

Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme comes into effect

   Trinity’s third Irish Language Scheme came into effect at the beginning of this month, following approval of the Board and the Minister of Arts, Heritage and Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs.     The third of Trinity’s Irish Language Schemes extends from June 2017 to June 2020, and includes further commitments to promoting the […]

Trinity’s Cumann Gaelach wins top national prize for fifth time in six years

Trinity’s Irish language society, An Cumann Gaelach, has won the Glór na nGael national competition for best Irish language student society for the fifth time, having previously won first prize in 2012, 2013, 2014 and again in 2016. President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, presented the award to representatives of the society on April 22. […]

The more things change, the more they stay the same

The praise of Martin McGuiness upon his withdrawal from frontline politics from unionists and nationalists alike, along with comments made by Gerry Adams about the advancement of a “new generation” upon the promotion of Michele O’Neill of Sinn Fein made us hope for a less divisive politics in the North.   There was even the […]

Nuair a bhíonn an chat amuigh, bíonn an luch ag rince – the rise of the Cumann Gaelach in the midst of a language crisis

  “It is a bit sad though that English speakers go there not even attempting to speak Irish. How hard is it to say “pionta Guinness le do thoil”?”   Bhuaileas le Ciarán Wadd, Leas-Reachtaire an Chumainn, atá ina thriú bliain dena chúrsa Gaeilge agus Fraincís ar an gcoláiste. Thosaigh Ciarán a bheith páirteach sa […]

Fostaíocht sa Ghaeilge

                Tá an Ghaeilge mar theanga oifigeach an tAontas Eorpach le linn naoi mbliana anuas ach, cé go bhfuil stádas oifigúla aici, ní teanga ‘oibreatha’ í. Sé sin ráite, níl ar an tAontas Eorpach, seirbhisí aistriúcháin nó seirbhísí teangacha a chur ar fáil cé go bhfuil siad curtha […]

Tír gan Teanga, Tír gan anam?

Identity politics are universally fraught.   Ireland is not alone in having bitter disagreements in relation to language policy; however, it is unusual that the disagreements do not form along the lines of two cultural traditions, but that rather the intensity of the debate represents a highly internalised and conflicted notion of nation, tradition and […]

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