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# Gaeilge

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Voices
Column: What’s the future for the Irish language and do politicians want to preserve it?
The majority of Irish people are favourably disposed towards the language, writes Seán Mag Leannáin, who says that’s a bit of a miracle given the forces raging against it.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we do more to promote the Irish language?
One commentator has suggested we either go full Irish or drop the language altogether. Do you think we should do more to encourage use of Gaeilge?
# teanga
Language Commissioner quits, tells TDs Irish is being marginalised
Seán Ó’Cuirreáin was appointed to the role to monitor how public bodies were increasing the quantity of services provided through Irish.
# Gaeilge
Language Commissioner faces questions over 'backwards' year for Irish language
Seán Ó Cuirreáin will meet with the Public Service Oversight and Petitions later today to discuss his Office’s annual report.
# EU derogation
More than €12 million spent training Irish language graduates to translate EU legislation
To prepare for the end to derogation of the Irish language, more Irish speakers will be needed to translate EU documents.
# sponsored by TG4
7 of the world's most interesting handshakes
From Nixon and Presley to Hitler and Chamberlain right back to Arnold Schwarzenegger, these handshakes deserve to go down in history.
# An dtuigeann tu gaeilge?
Abolition of points system means there won't be enough Irish speaking civil servants, claims group
The government is abolishing a scheme that gave bonus marks to people sitting civil service entrance exams if they speak Irish.
# teigh go dti an oifig
8 things we all did in the Gaeltacht
The best three weeks of the summer for any Irish teenager.
# Cluastuiscint
"Léigh anois go cúramach, ar do scrúdpháipéar..."
# return to sender
So, a statement for Irish language mag ended up in Macau, China
A letter destined for Belfast ended up in Macau, China. Totally understandable.
# sceitimini áthas
VIDEO: Just a dinosaur rapping Dúnmharú ar an Dart
Junior Cert flashback.
Voices
Column: Gaeilge is a part of our culture – how it's taught matters
The poetry, prose and history of the Irish language should be taken out of the current course and put into a separate, optional subject for advanced students – while “Irish Language” should be taught to every student as a core subject, writes Aodhán Ó Deá.
# Prime Numbers
Popes, parades and Gay Mitchell : The week in numbers
How long is the Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin? And how many years has it been since there was a pope from outside Europe?
# mamaí mia
VIDEO: Sixth class pupils in Mayo perform Mama Mia as Gaeilge
Lámhs in the air now everyone…
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach says Croke Park proposals do not target frontline workers
The Taoiseach tells the Dáil it’s not just Gardaí who are being asked to make a contribution to economic recovery.
# Education
The leave-it-out lady teaches Irish too
Ah, Fág Amach é.
# bearla
Opinion: Lost in translation - when players' Irish names are changed in match reports
‘It is absolutely 100% about standing up to an attitude that seeks to embarrass Irish language speakers.’
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Irish phrases that could confuses visitors for The Gathering, Clare Daly’s ‘house’ measure, and disoriented man could be member of government…
# Gaeilge
Céard? 17 words from modern Ireland, in Irish
Have you ever sent a ‘tvuít’ about the ‘tarrtháil’?
Voices
Column: Why I joined Dublin’s first Irish-speaking GAA club
There were no social situations where Irish speakers could use the language. Na Gaeil Óga – an all-Irish GAA club – could change that, writes Ciarán Mac Fhearghusa.
# Gaeilge
VIDEO: What happens when you speak Irish to strangers?
“An bhfuil fhios agaibh cá bhfuil an Luas?”
# Leaving Cert
Which Leaving Cert subjects produce the most A grades?
Some subjects produced proportionally more top grades – while others had higher failure rates than most.
# Gaeilge
Three-minute explainer: What's the story with the Gaeltacht Bill?
Opposition TDs walked out of the Dáil en masse yesterday in protest at government tactics. So what’s the deal?
# Languages
Kenny admits concerns over standards of language teaching after PayPal jobs news
Enda Kenny wonders why children cannot speak Irish after 14 years’ tuition, after PayPal says it can’t find locals to fill jobs.
# Botúin
Brussels made 17 errors translating the ESM Treaty into Irish
Dáil approval was needed this week to correct 17 grammatical mistakes, and typos, in the Irish version of the Treaty.
# Gaeilge
Gaeilge on Google's new Endangered Languages Project
Irish is included on a list of over 3,000 languages that the internet giant wants to save from extinction.
# Gaeilge
Investigation finds only 1 of 9 officers in Gaeltacht Garda station spoke Irish
Eight of the nine Gardaí stationed in Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal were unable to carry out their duties through Irish.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you speak Irish on a regular basis?
Bernard Dunne is leading a nationwide drive getting people to use whatever Irish they still remember. Would you use yours?
Voices
Column: Get back on the capall - we should be proud to use the Irish language
The plan is simple: we want to start a revolution and get 100,000 people to use their chuid gaeilge in their daily lives, write Bernard Dunne.
# Courts
Hogan moves to plug Irish language gaps in Household Charge law
An Irish edition of the legislation permitting the household charge, and the list of exempted ghost estates, have been produced.
# Madra Caorach
Meet Dime: the sheepdog who only understands Irish
Dime lives on Achill Island – where he does the entirety of his work as a ‘madra caorach’ through the Irish language.
# Gaeilge
Irish language community slam merger of Language Commissioner
In a letter to the Irish Times, 33 people say they “expect” the government not to merge the commissioner with the Ombudsman.
# Gaeilgeoir
What the focal? Stan Collymore shows off by tweeting 'as Gaeilge'
He’s really quite good, you know.
# TG4
TG4 launches free Irish language app
Does anyone know how to say ‘app’ as Gaeilge?
# As Gaeilge
Mean Girls meets Hollyoaks... in Spiddal: TG4's new online teen drama
In an effort to make the Irish language more appealing to young people, this new online-only soap promises edgy and gritty storylines…
# Courts
Could two Mayo publicans have exposed a gaping hole in Ireland's legal system?
Two Claremorris publicans escaped punishment for having punters on their premises after hours. But how?
# Gaeilge
Government shelves decision on mandatory Leaving Cert Irish
A decision will not be made on whether Irish should remain a mandatory subject in State exams until the syllabus is reviewed.
# An Chéad Chath
Ó Cuív’s final act as defence minister: saving the Irish-speaking battalion in his own constituency
Éamon Ó Cuív says he has ordered his department to safeguard the Irish-speaking battalion based in his constituency.
# Gaeilge
Here's a peek at Stephen Fry's cameo on Ros na Rún
The venerable English gentleman makes an altogether brief appearance on the TG4 soap tomorrow. Here’s a preview.
# GE11
Should Leaving Cert Irish be dropped, or just reformed?
While all parties want Irish teaching reformed, Fine Gael wants it dropped as a mandatory Leaving Cert subject. Is it right?