The North short-changed in Irish language shake up

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So yesterday (Thursday) Pobal, the Irish language advocacy group for Northern Ireland, had its critique of the failures of the Stormont Assembly and Executives regarding the Irish language strategy endorsed by no less an organisation than the Council of Europe.

But today the cross border body, Foras na Gaeilge, announces the new ‘lead organisations/ceann eagraiochtai’ for the promotion of Irish on an all Ireland basis and none of the NI based organisations, including POBAL, Iontaobhas ULTACH, Forbairt Feirste or Altram are included.

This is in spite of 25% of the Foras na Gaeilge budget coming from Northern Ireland.  While some are inclined to blame Foras na Gaeilge, the blame for this latest turn of events goes to the North South Ministerial Council who signed off on this policy back in July 2013.

I recently submitted an essay which gave a more detailed account of the circumstances of this turn of events and there’s no point in repeating that here.  If you want to learn more, have a read.

In the final analysis, this process was heavily weighted against the northern organisations.  The organisations which won the gigs are only marginally concerned with matters north of the border, a fact illustrated recently by a press release listing the demands of Conradh na Gaeilge which hardly paid lip service to the concerns of the North’s Irish speakers.

If anyone thinks that Sinn Féin or the DUP or the Stormont bureaucracy will be sad to see the back of POBAL, they’re mistaken.  This is a black day for the Irish language community in the north.

 

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  • SDLP supporter

    Is droch-sceal go deimhin e seo. Ta taithi eigin agam ar ceann amhain dena eagrais seo, Iontaobhas Ultach, agus glacaim go bhfuil obair fiuntach a dheanamh ag na h-eagrais eile. Nil caitheamh anuas ar an obair a rinne aon ceann dena h-eagrais seo.

    Ta/bhi Iontaobhas “dírithe ar chur chun tosaigh na Gaeilge ar bhonn trasphobail mar phríomh-chuspóir. Le cúpla bliain anuas tá borradh suntasach tagtha ar shuim an phobail Phrotastúnaigh agus aontachtaigh sa Ghaeilge” . Ta sin fior-fior tabhachtach

    Nil eolas ar bith agama ar an chulra pholiticiuil ar an cinneadh seo ach deirim seo, mar bhall de phairti politiciuil, nach dteann maitheas ar bith ar chuis na Gaeilge nuair ata “ro-shuimh” leirithe ag pairti ar bith, cibe Sinn Fein no SDLP!

  • David Crookes

    Seriously bad news both for now and for future generations. Some of my Protestant friends have no interest in the Irish language. Some of their children may be glad of the chance to learn it.

  • http://igaeilge.wordpress.com Concubhar

    A great deal of the Irish language infrastructure had been dismantled in place since well before the Good Friday Agreement by Foras na Gaeilge with the backing of NSMC. This was welcomed by Sinn Féin as part of their All Irelsnd plan. This was spelled out by Rosie McCorley SF MLA, the party’s Assembly Irish language spokesperson, in a statement released in English only aptly enough. That such an approach would short change the North’s Irish language community so obviously doesn’t commend Sinn Féin’s version of a United Irelsnd to a community who might have been thought to support unification!

  • IrelandNorth

    A good idea would be to appoint Linda Ervine as Language Commissioner for Ulste/Scots-Gaelic/Irish, given her innovative work of reintroducing northern Protestants to their Irish language inheritance, without prejudice to the generality of their British nationality. In an increasingly anglophone world, minority region languages are clearly under siege, judging by the conspicuous lethargy of the southern administration to promote Irish language usage in ordinary everyday transaactions. Not least with Government departments themselves. Tír gán téanga ís tír gán ánam/A land without a language is a land without a soul!

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    IrelandNorth

    “A good idea would be to appoint Linda Ervine as Language Commissioner for Ulste/Scots-Gaelic/Irish, given her innovative work of reintroducing northern Protestants to their Irish language inheritance, without prejudice to the generality of their British nationality.”

    If you MUST spout common sense and good ideas on these pages would at least have the decency to involve distracting topics such as flegs or something?

    Honestly, what next; ‘voting for competent politicians’?

    Got a real live wire here methinks….

  • Charles_Gould

    Aren’t the main challenges in the south:

    *Preserving compulsion in schools in the wake of greater migration from outside Ireland
    *Preservation of Irish-Gaelic Language speaking areas, the Gaeltacht, which appear to be in decline.

  • David Crookes

    Well said, IrelandNorth.