Gluaiseacht – Development of the Conradh na Gaeilge Roadshow announced by Minister of State Seán Kyne
The Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne T.D., has today announced the approval of a grant of €80,000 for 2019 and €100,000 for 2020 to Conradh na Gaeilge in order to assist with their efforts in the running of ‘Gluaiseacht’. ‘Gluaiseacht’ is a development upon Conradh na Gaeilge’s Seó Bóthair which has been in receipt of funding from the Department since 2017.
A broader roadmap has been designed by Conradh na Gaeilge in order to enable the ‘Gluaiseacht’ project to cater to almost 19,000 young people in 2019 and 26,000 young people in 2020 via the roadshow – interactive workshops in which young people themselves are central to the approach, and which will entice, inspire and enable young people to make conscientious choices to use Irish and play an active role in the Irish language movement. These workshops also emphasise employment opportunities available through Irish.
Announcing the grant, Minister Seán Kyne stated:
“Conradh na Gaeilge has been undertaking vitally important work throughout the country for many years through the Seó Bóthair Roadshow, in which over 120 workshops take place throughout the year on an all-Ireland basis. Moreover, the Seó Bóthair Roadshow visits over 80 summer colleges – last year over 10,000 students attended these workshops. They also provide 12 workshops in third level institutions as part of ‘Freshers’ Week’. Training is also provided to Irish Language Officers and to Cumainn Ghaelacha. During all of these workshops, particular emphasis is placed on the benefits of Irish to students seeking employment, commentary is provided regarding third level courses and employment opportunities through Irish, and in particular on employment opportunities through Irish in Europe.
“As you are aware, the Government has made a commitment in the Head of The Official Languages Bill 2017 that 20% of new recruits in the civil service will have proficiency in the Irish Language. This was evident with last week’s announcement by the Central Applications Office regarding the number of points required for third level courses in which a huge demand for third level courses through Irish was revealed. We want to build on this and Gluaiseacht is an ideal opportunity for the Department in order to inform young people of these opportunities and to inform their subject choices in order to enable them to apply for these positions in future.”