The Gaelic League Take Aim at the Northern Ireland Elections to Promote the Irish Language

Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) are sharpening their electoral strategy skills with an all-out effort to make candidates for the Northern Ireland Assembly responsive to the concerns of the Irish language community and supporters of the Celtic tongue.  The election will take place the 5th of May, 2016.

The League have been hosting a series of open forums in Ulster to solicit support for actions during the campaign. The Gaelic League web site states: “Conradh na Gaeilge is hosting open action forums in the north to agree on specific actions to promote Irish-language commitments in the May 2016 Election. There are a series of meetings planned across six areas in the north, and Conradh na Gaeilge is calling on parties to support these commitments prior to the election.

The Gaelic League (Conradh na Gaeilge) is the main voluntary community organisation that promotes the Irish language in Ireland and abroad. The League’s primary objective is the reinstatement of the Irish language as the common tongue of Ireland.  Since its founding in 1893, members have been actively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland, from legal and educational affairs to the development of media and services through Irish.  Members of the Gaelic League are in the forefront of campaigns to strengthen the rights of the Irish speaking community.

“Ní neart go cur le chéile - there is strength in unity, and politicians will listen to their local communities if each and every candidate that comes to the door is questioned about whether or not he or she officially supports…the Irish language. The importance of these commitments to the Irish language community will be emphasised in the public meetings organised by Conradh na Gaeilge.” - Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, Advocacy Manager, Conradh na Gaeilge

The full text of the announcemnt on the Conradh na Gaeilge election strategy can be found on the organisation's web site.




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