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Northern Ireland Executive Fails to Support the Irish Tongue - Violates European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages

The website "InsideIreland" reports in an article by Caira Hanna, that the Northern Ireland Executive has come under criticism for it's "..failure to submit details on the promotion and progress of the Irish Language to the British Government for inclusion in a European report."  This information is required to comply with the reporting requirements under the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.

Demands For Improved Welsh Language Services In Health Care

As reported in recent weeks on the "thisissouthwales" and "walesonline" web sites, there is a rising chorus of voices demanding that Welsh speakers be afforded the basic right of being served by Medical Staff in the Welsh tongue. Keith Davies, National Assembly For Wales member for Llanelli, has cited the danger to patients health posed by the failure to provide Health Care services in Welsh.

Cornwall’s Chapel of St Piran’s to be Uncovered (Cornwall’s National Heritage)

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Plans are afoot to uncover the oldest four walled Christian edifice in mainland Britain. The chapel was buried under the sands in 1980. At the time it was said to be the best way of protecting the site. The St Piran trust and Perranzabuloe Parish Council, which owns the site, were originally awarded a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2010 to investigate the feasibility of uncovering the chapel. Now the excavation work is set to begin.

Scots Gaelic Continues to Strengthen - New Gaelic School For Caithness

The online "HeraldScotland" reports, in the popular "Highland Line" column written by David Ross, on the victory for the Gaelic language in Caithness: "The first Gaelic medium primary school department is to open at the start of the new school session in August, Highland Council has said." 

Brittany Looks To Scottish Referendum Vote

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As Scotland moves ever closer towards the referendum on Scottish independence, it is not only the people of Cornwall and Wales who are looking with interest at the outcome. Breton’s are also looking at how they can move towards such a vote. Brittany with its deeply rooted culture, language and identity needs the opportunity to have its say on Breton independence. The issue is also heightened by the coming 2014 referendum on independence for Catalonia. Many in Brittany also look at smaller Celtic nations such as the Isle of Man, which clearly benefits from having autonomy and managing their own affairs. Their example dismisses those who are foolish enough to argue that countries like Brittany, Cornwall and Wales are too small for self-rule.

Welcome Support for Scottish Gaelic Online Language Resource

Scotland’s government has given funding of £2m for an online Gaelic dictionary. Source material for a digital archive containing 30 million words has already started.

Sabhal Mor Ostaig UHI,Skye’s Gaelic language centre, is managing the project called Faclair na Gaidhlig. It will be in partnership with Aberdeen, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Edinburgh universities. Bord na Gaidhlig the Gaelic national body has been supporting the work for a number of years with contributions of £75,000 per year.

Celtic Cornwall

The Scottish referendum vote for independence is being looked at with interest by the other Celtic nations. This is also the case in Cornwall. Cornwall is recognised as one of the six Celtic nations and takes its place in both the ‘Celtic League’ and the ‘Celtic Congress’, along with Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and Brittany.

The Cornish Language Revival - Helston Town Council Promotes the Cornish Tongue

The popular webpage "thisiscornwall." reports that the Helston Town Council have adopted a Cornish Language Policy.  It was reported that,  "Helston Town Council took an extra step to make sure it uses Cornish on official paper work and at Public events." 

Irish Minister Issues Statement on the Progress of Irish Language Plan

The Irish Language interest webpage, Gaelport.com, reports that the Irish Minister of State for the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking Area of Ireland), Dinny McGinley, has issued a status report on the progress to date against the goals for the revival of the Irish language contained in the Government's "20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030".

Pan Celtic Unity - Irish President Welcomed To Scottish Hebrides Island of Iona

The Irish Independent reports that the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, Irish speaker and champion of of the Irish tongue, has visited the Scottish Hebrides island of Iona. "President Higgins was welcomed to the Island by Scottish Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslup who said the visit was a fitting way to celebrate Scotland's links to Ireland."

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