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Plaid Cymru seek to stop "reckless" attempt by British government to dismantle and outsource probation service

An arrogant and out of touch British government is in the process of selling off and outsourcing the bulk of the Welsh and English probation services. The Welsh people through the Welsh Assembly Government (Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru) have had no say in this highly controversial decision which will have profound and long lasting ramifications for Welsh justice.

Senator Calls for Investigation into Irish Language Education - Dublin Challenged to Meet its Commitment to the Irish Tongue

Alarm bells are sounding over fresh evidence of erosion of support by the Irish Government for the restoration of the Irish language.  Put together, the recent moves by Dublin policy makers, combined with eroding support by the government for Irish language instruction in public schools, lends support to claims by Irish language activists that Dublin is waging guerilla warfare against the ancient tongue of Ireland.

Manx-Norwegian Musical Collaboration at the Erin Arts Centre

Ruth Keggin

Earlier this year Manx singer Ruth Keggin and local fiddle player Tom Callister travelled to picturesque Western Norway as part of a musical collaboration with Norwegian singer Margit Myhr and hardanger fiddle player Erlend Apneseth. But during November these talented Norwegian musicians will be travelling to the Island to work with their Manx counterparts, providing a unique opportunity to hear the distinctive sound of traditional Norwegian music hand in hand with Manx melodies and songs at the Erin Arts Centre in Port Erin.

Celebrate the Manx Language at the Cooish Festival

With the number of Manx language speakers increasing in many parts of the Isle of Man, extra opportunities to use the Island’s native tongue are always welcome as interest continues to grow.

This year’s Cooish Festival, to be held early in November, is a great chance for speakers of all ages and fluency to participate in a variety of events across the Island, with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment.

Scots Gaelic Medium Education Strengthens in the Western Isles

The Scottish government have announced an investment of a half million pounds over a two year period to develop infrastructure supporting Scots Gaelic medium education in the Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides. Alasdair Allan, who is Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, is quoted in an article on the STV News website in making the announcement: "The demand for Gaelic education in the Western Isles continues to grow, as it does in Scotland.

The Celtic League Call for Recognition of the Cornish as National Minority

The Celtic League at its 2013 Annual General Meeting just concluded in Wales has called on the government of the United Kingdom to recognise the Celtic nation of Cornwall under the "Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities".  The quote from the Celtic League's web site is as follows:

This Annual General meeting reiterates it's call on the British Government for the  European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities to be applied to the Cornish people.

Success of Demonstration and Rally in Brittany

Quimper, capital of Finistère in Brittany witnessed a sea of Breton flags on Saturday 2nd November 2013 as an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 protestors took to the streets. What started as a movement against the French government‘s ’eco-tax’, which would have put an unfair burden on Breton producers and traders, has become a campaign for the protection of jobs, economy and the Breton way of life. As the campaign gained ground a fearful French government announced a suspension of the ‘eco-tax’.

Dublin Continues to Undermine the Irish Language with Latest Policy Moves

News reports circulated this week on further damage done to the Irish tongue by Dublin policy makers. Put together, the recent actions by Dublin paint an ever darkening portait of the Irish Government's increasing indifference to the long term viability of the native language of Ireland.

Cornish Language Nursery Appeal

Celtic League Kernow Branch member, Mike Chappell, writes below about an appeal to raise funds to set up the first OfSTED registered Cornish language nursery in Cornwall. OfSTED is a government organisation that inspects schools. All nurseries in Cornwall need to be registered with this organisation to care and educate children.

Tensions Mount over Property Development in Welsh Speaking Areas - Damage to Language Condemned

The struggle to protect the Welsh tongue from the adverse effects of continued migration into Wales is reaching a boiling point and follows up on news reports earlier this month on moves by the Welsh government to force consideration by local Councils of the negative impact on the language caused by property development schemes.  

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