From Good Friday to Lá Dearg – the journey towards rights for Irish speakers

Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin is an Irish Language Activist and is writing this in a personal capacity On the 20th of May thousands will make their way to Belfast to support the increasing calls for legislative protection for the Irish language, in the form of an Irish language act. Those attending, like the Irish language community itself, come from different backgrounds and have different views on many important issues, but on the issue of the role of the state regarding … Read more

Givan restores Líofa Bursary Scheme funding

My decision on the Líofa Bursary Scheme was not a political decision. I have now identified the necessary funding to advance this scheme. — Paul Givan (@paulgivan) January 12, 2017 Olive branch being offered, but is it too little, too late? David McCannDavid McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs

Department for Communities cuts funding for the Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme

Some news just in from the Department for Communities, under the leadership of the DUP’s Paul Givan. The Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme enabled at least 100 people a year to attend summer Irish language classes in the Donegal gaeltacht. The Líofa programme was set up by former culture minister, Carál Ní Chuilín. The DfC announced the cut in an email from the Líofa office. It was sent to the boards of the gaeltacht colleges on 23 December. The report goes … Read more